Skiathos Island National Airport

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Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου ΄Α.Παπαδιαμάντης΄
IATA: JSIICAO: LGSK
JSI is located in Greece
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Location of airport in Greece
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Skiathos, Greece
Elevation AMSL 54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750Coordinates: 39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750
Website www.hcaa-eleng.gr/skiathos.htm
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 5,341 1,628 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 265,773
Passenger change 12-13 Increase4.3%
Sources: Greek Civil Aviation Authority[1]

Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’ (IATA: JSIICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. The runway is characterised as 'short and narrow'.

Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta (a former leper colony) effectively joining the two islands into one larger island.

Runways[edit]

The runways at Skiathos are characterised as 'short and narrow' and, as such, airlines typically require their pilots to undergo additional training for operations there. Landings may only be performed by captains, so if a captain is taken ill on an inbound flight, then it must be diverted to an alternative airport (usually Volos/Nea Anchialos Airport which is the closest facility to accept passenger flights). Additionally, the runway down-slope on runway 20 leads to an illusion of a shorter runway as the southern end cannot be seen when close to the ground. When flights approach runway 02 from the south, the flight path is to the east of Skiathos town and over a coastal road just outside the airport boundary. Due to this, it is a very popular runway to watch flights landing and taking off at close quarters. Many videos have been uploaded to YouTube of this. Skiathos has often been dubbed "the Greek Sint Maarten" (referring to a similar airport on the island of Saint Maarten).

Some flights departing Skiathos for British airports cannot take sufficient fuel to complete the trip without stopping at an intermediate airport to refuel, due to the limiting length of the runways. Aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 typically stop at Thessaloniki International Airport to refuel. The B757-200s, however, are usually able to carry sufficient fuel to operate directly to British destinations, such as London Gatwick. On one occasion, Air Italy used a Boeing 767–200 on the flight from Milan, making this the largest aircraft to have used the airport. The longest route operating to Skiathos is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines to Newcastle. The route was operated non-stop by the Boeing 757 200 until Summer 2014 when it will be replaced by a brand new Airbus A321, necessitating a stop in Kavala on the return. Thus, the current longest non stop flight to Skiathos operates to Manchester and is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways, both on the Boeing 757 200

However, it should be mentioned that both Olympic Air and Cyprus Airways make use of their larger Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 when operating direct flights from Athens International Airport, Thessaloniki and Larnaca.

Terminals[edit]

Skiathos only has one terminal and no jetways.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

An Air Malta Airbus A320 operating for XL Airways UK flight prepares to leave. (2006)
Destinations from Skiathos Airport
Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Saint Petersburg
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Alitalia Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Vienna
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Condor Seasonal: Munich
Finnair Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund
Monarch Airlines Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Neos Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen
Olympic Air Athens (PSO)
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky Express Skyros, Thessaloniki[2]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Bristol, East Midlands, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted,[3] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia.com Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Prague
Volotea Seasonal: Naples, Venice-Marco Polo

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