Chania International Airport

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Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania airport.jpg
Airport type Public/military
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 (2014)
Passengers Increase 2,458,130
Aircraft Movements Increase 12,732

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 in terms of passengers.


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. [1][2]


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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Munich (ends 13 January 2016),[3] Thessaloniki (ends 13 January 2016)[3]
Seasonal charter: Alta, Bucharest, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Kajaani, Karlstad, Kristiansund, Kokkola-Pietarsaari, Luleå, Malmö, Odense, Oslo, Östersund, Oulu, Umeå, Skellefteå, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sundsvall, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vaasa, Vilnius, Visby
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade (under the Aviolet brand)
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow (begins 30 April 2016)[4]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki, Oulu (begins 21 June 2016)[5]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
LOT Polish Airlines
operated by CanJet
Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg (begins 5 May 2016)[6]
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen-Flesland, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bodø, Stavanger-Sola, Stockholm-Arlanda,[7] Tromsø, Trondheim-Værnes, Visby
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen[8]
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Athens, Thessaloniki (begins 15 January 2016)
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Aarhus, Billund, Oslo-Gardermoen, Reykjavík
Ryanair Athens, Paphos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bologna, Bremen, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Glasgow–International, Hahn, Katowice, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan-Il Caravaggio, Moss, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 28 March 2016),[9] Stockholm-Skavsta, Treviso, Vilnius, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Bergen-Flesland,[10] Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand-Kjevik, Stavanger-Sola, Tromsø, Trondheim-Værnes
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 4 May 2016)[11]
Travel Service Seasonal: Prague[12]
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Bergen-Flesland, Kalmar, Oslo-Gardermoen,[8] Trondheim, Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Ostrava[citation needed]
Travel Service (Hungary) Seasonal charter: Budapest[13]
TUIfly Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hanover, Stuttgart
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki

Traffic figures[edit]

Annual passenger throughput – 14-year history[14]
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


External links[edit]

Media related to Chania International Airport at Wikimedia Commons