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Araxos Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Αράξου
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Airport typePublic / military
OwnerGreek Armed Forces
OperatorHellenic Air Force and HCAA
ServesPatras and Pyrgos, Greece
Elevation AMSL46 ft / 14 m
Coordinates38°09′04″N 021°25′32″E / 38.15111°N 21.42556°E / 38.15111; 21.42556
LGRX is located in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 3,352 10,997 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 20.8%
Aircraft movements1,365
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 8.5%

Araxos Airport[5][6] (Greek: Αεροδρόμιο Αράξου) (IATA: GPA, ICAO: LGRX) is the airport of Patras, the third-largest city in Greece. It serves as a combined civilian and military airport and is located near its namesake, the village of Araxos, Achaea. It is also known as Agamemnon Airport and primarily is used as an active air base for the Hellenic Air Force, with some civilian services to European destinations during the summer months. The airport facilities were very limited until 2007, when the construction of a new 1,477 m2 arrivals building was completed.[7] Today the airport terminal covers a total area of 2,300 m2.

116th Combat Wing[edit]

Araxos was established as a military airport in 1936, but construction of the runway was not completed until 1941, when it also became the site of the first radar installation in Greece.[8]

The airport has served as the home base of the Hellenic Air Force's 116th Combat Wing (116 Πτέρυγα Μάχης) since May 1969, and of its precursor the 116th Combat Group (116 Σμηναρχία Μάχης) since April 1962. It currently comprises the 336th Bomber Squadron and 335th Squadron.[8] The main aircraft used by both squadrons is F-16 Block 52+ Advanced.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Bees Airline Seasonal: Kyiv–Zhuliany[9]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius[10]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Zürich
Nordavia Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo[11]
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn[10]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[10]


Annual passenger traffic at GPA airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transport[edit]

Araxos airport is located 45 km west of the city of Patras and 65 km north of Pyrgos. There are bus services from Patras to Araxos.[12] There is no train connection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ARAXOS AIRPORT". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Airport information for LGRX". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 2019-03-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ Airport information for GPA at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2015-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [1] Araxos Airport website
  6. ^ Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, presentation of the airport
  7. ^ "Παραδόθηκε το κτίριο αναχωρήσεων του αεροδρομίου της Αράξου στην ΥΠΑ".
  8. ^ a b "116 Combat Wing". Hellenic Air Force. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Bees Airline to Launch 7 New Routes | Ukraine Travel News".
  10. ^ a b c "Flight Schedules and Airline Availability".
  11. ^ "Season timetable destination: Patras". Sheremetyevo International Airport.
  12. ^ KTEL Achaias Bus services to Araxos airport (in Greek)

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