Chania International Airport

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Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania Airport, Schalterhalle.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group Joint venture
Serves Chania, Crete
Location Chania, Crete, Greece
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 490 ft / 149 m
Coordinates 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972Coordinates: 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972
CHQ is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 10,982 3,347 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 3,010,509
Passenger traffic change Increase 10.0%
Aircraft movements 18,840
Aircraft movements change Increase 6.1%
Source : HCAA[1]

Chania International Airport, "Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQICAO: LGSA) is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri Peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away. Moreover, it is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing amount of tourists. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century and is a joint civil–military airport. It is the fifth busiest airport in Greece and 8th in Balkan peninsula in terms of passengers. From 2010 to 2016 has a great increase about 100% in passengers arrivals. The airport is connected with many countries (about 30) from Europe and Asia especially in summer season and with flights connections in Greece and Cyprus whole year. The last season the arrivals of passengers were about 3.000.000.


The focus on civil aviation for the west of Crete has not always been on the current location. It was the airport of Maleme that served civil flights up to 1959, and dating back to the end of Second World War.

Maleme (Military) Airport was constructed by the British Military, shortly before the Second World War. When the war was over, the facility was used as the main public airport of Chania.

In 1959, this activity was transferred to the military airport of Souda. 1967 saw the construction of the first passenger terminal and parking space for two aircraft. In 1974, the airport also began to serve international flights. Because of insufficient capacity, there was the need for a new terminal building. Eventually, in 1996, the new terminal was ready, measuring a surface area of 14,650 square metres (157,700 sq ft), with 6 aircraft stands in front. It has a design capacity of 1.35 million passengers per year. In 2000, it was officially named Ioannis Daskalogiannis.

The airport is also intensively used by the Hellenic Air Force. [2][3]

In December 2015 the privatisation of Chania International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement between the Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture and the state privatisation fund.[4] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[5] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Chania International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Lappeenranta[6]
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Manchester (begins 6 June 2017)
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki (begins 20 July 2017)
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Air Serbia
under the Aviolet brand
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca[7]
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[8]
Cobalt Air Larnaca[9]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen (begins 30 June 2017)
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf[10]
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Munich, Stuttgart[11]
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hanover
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki, Kemi (begins 20 June 2017),[12] Oulu
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Zürich
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Kalmar, Norrkoping, Orebro, Vaxjo
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[13]
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bodø, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tromsø, Trondheim, Visby
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen[14]Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Athens, Thessaloniki (ends 3 September 2017)
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Aarhus, Billund, Lappeenranta,[6] Oslo-Gardermoen, Reykjavík, Stockholm
Ryanair Athens, Paphos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bergamo, Billund (begins 2 July 2017),[15] Birmingham,[15] Bologna, Bremen, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Hahn, Katowice, Krakow,[16] Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino,[17] Stockholm-Skavsta, Treviso, Vilnius, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Bergen, Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Lulea , Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Umea
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Frankfurt[18]
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen,} Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kalmar, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Bristol (begins 30 May 2017), London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Travel Service
under the SmartWings brand
Seasonal: Prague
Travel Service (Hungary) Seasonal charter: Budapest[19]
Travel Service Polska Seasonal: Budapest (begins 18 June 2017)
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hanover, Stuttgart
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Karlstadt, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda

Traffic figures[edit]

Annual passenger throughput – 16-year history[20]
Year Flights Passengers
2001 12,931 1,428,982
2002 11,826 1,384,579
2003 13,974 1,479,653
2004 13,214 1,446,377
2005 13,060 1,512,769
2006 14,760 1,760,959
2007 15,430 1,882,834
2008 15,206 1,866,581
2009 16,014 1,795,466
2010 13,852 1,654,864
2011 13,916 1,774,623
2012 14,120 1,836,965
2013 15,076 2,078,857
2014 12,732 2,458,130
2015 17,758 2,702,283
2016 18,840 3,010,509


The airport can be easily reached by car via the main road network. The city of Chania is about 20 minutes drive away. Other than by car, the facility is linked by airport buses to the city of Chania, from where transfer to other buses is possible. The airport buses depart 7 times daily. Journey time is about half an hour. Passengers can also take a taxi to any destination across the island. The taxi stand is located just outside the terminal. Taxis operate as long as flights depart and arrive at the airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT "I. DASKALOGIANNIS"". Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of Maleme - Maleme Airfield - German War Cemetery at Maleme". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Greek Airports Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Departing flights
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Flight timetables search". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cobalt". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  10. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings expands Stuttgart service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Finnair adds new seasonal routes from Kemi in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Luxair Adds New Leisure Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Flight Timetables – Oslo Airport". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Chania / Thessaloniki service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Poland service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Book direct for the lowest fares -". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Flugplan - SunExpress". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  19. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Travel Service Hungary Adds New Routes in S15". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  20. ^ Statistical data from the HCAA Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Media related to Chania International Airport at Wikimedia Commons