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Araxos village
Araxos village
Araxos is located in Greece
Coordinates: 38°10′N 21°25′E / 38.167°N 21.417°E / 38.167; 21.417Coordinates: 38°10′N 21°25′E / 38.167°N 21.417°E / 38.167; 21.417
Country Greece
Administrative region West Greece
Regional unit Achaea
Municipality West Achaea
Municipal unit Larissos
Highest elevation 289 m (948 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Rural 445
 • Population 509 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 271 00
Area code(s) 26930

Araxos (Greek: Άραξος, Latin: Araxus) is a village and a community in the municipal unit of Larissos in the northwestern part of Achaea, Greece. The community consists of the villages Araxos, Kalogria, Paralimni and Taxiarches. It is located in the coastal plains near Cape Araxos, which separates the Gulf of Patras from the Ionian Sea. There are two lagoons near the village Araxos: Prokopos to the southwest and Kalogria to the north. The Mavra Vouna hills are in the north, Cape Araxos being their northernmost point. It is 4 km west of Lakkopetra, 1 km west of Araxos Airport, 5 km north of Metochi and 13 km west of Kato Achaia.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population community
1981 595
1991 403
2001 632
2011 509

Araxos Air Base[edit]

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An auxiliary military airfield was constructed in the area in 1939. Construction of the base began around 1958 and it became operational in 1962. Currently the base is used by 116 Combat Wing of the Hellenic Air Force which consists of 335 Bombing Squadron and 336 Bombing Squadron, both equipped with F-16C/D Block 52+ aircraft. [2] The runway length is 3352 m running in a south to north direction (18/36). The military installations are accessed from Lakkopetra to the north.

From 1978 to 2001 Araxos Air Base was also home of the NATO 345 Air Munitions Company. This unit was responsible for U.S. B61 nuclear bombs intended for delivery by Hellenic Air Force A-7H aircraft under NATO nuclear sharing arrangements. The nuclear weapons were stored in vaults inside the base's Hardened Aircraft Shelters using the WS3 Weapon Storage and Security System.[3]

Araxos Airport[edit]

Araxos Airport (IATA: GPA, ICAO: LGRX) is a civilian airport that uses the military base runway. Araxos is the closest airport to the city of Patras. During summer time the airport serves a few civilian charter flights from northern Europe. The civil aviation installations are accessed from the south.[4]

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