Chania International Airport

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Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania airport logo.svg
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Airport typePublic/military
OwnerHellenic Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorFraport Greece
ServesChania, Crete
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL149 m / 490 ft
Coordinates35°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
m ft
11/29 3,347 10,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 76.4%
Aircraft movements7.392
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 63,9%
Source: Fraport-Greece[1]

Chania International Airport "Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQ, ICAO: 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. It is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing number 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 sixth busiest airport in Greece.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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 as a military airfield 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 11 April 2017.

In June 2018[6] completed by Fraport Greece, the new aircraft layouts, which are now using push back, for doubling the parking space, the passenger safety area has been expanded, with the increase in hand baggage checkers from 5 to 8 and the Duty Free store space increased from 400 sq.m. at 1,200 sq. meters, the VIP space was moved to increase the boarding gates from 14 to 16 and the dividing walls in the departure halls were removed in order to have a space of 3,000 sq. meters, a new pumping station was built and network (about 3.5 km) and connected to the municipal sewage network, electromechanical installations (new MCCs, new wiring, new luminaires, new electrical panels, etc.) were optimized, the Apron lighting was upgraded, the WC has been renovated, with the purpose of increase the toilets in the Extra Schengen area and the escalator was moved to a new location, in order to manage better the available spaces.

On June 10, 2018, Air Force One carrying U.S. President Donald Trump stopped for refueling in Chania during Trump's flight from the G7 meeting in Quebec to the meeting in Singapore with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un.[7]

Fraport Greece's investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including Chania International Airport.[8]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the summer of 2019:

  • General clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • Enhancing services and offering a new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports
  • Rearranging the terminal's internal utilization
  • Rearranging the departure gate lounge
  • Expanding the security control area
  • HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline screening
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 8 to 10)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 8)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal charter: Kalmar, Trondheim, Vaasa
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Airseven[9] Seasonal charter: Aarhus, Billund
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Avion Express Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Oulu
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest (begins 23 June 2022)[10] Iași (begins 26 March 2023)[11]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Buzz Seasonal charter: Katowice
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[12] Billund (begins 24 June 2022),[13] Cologne/Bonn,[12] Copenhagen (begins 24 June 2022),[13] Nuremberg[14]
easyJet Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse (begins 1 July 2022),[15] Berlin, Geneva, Glasgow (begins 29 June 2022),[16] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester (begins 28 June 2022), Milan–Malpensa, Nice
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich
Enter Air[17] Seasonal charter: Katowice, Rzeszów
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg,[18] Stuttgart
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich (begins 2 July 2022)
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol (begins 24 May 2023),[19] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich (ends 1 August 2022)
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Billund,[20] Gothenburg,[20] Oslo,[20] Stockholm–Arlanda[20]
Olympic Air Thessaloniki
Ryanair Paphos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bari, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Bremen, Bucharest, Budapest, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Gdańsk, Hahn, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nuremberg (begins 4 June 2022),[21] Pisa,[22] Poznań (begins 2 June 2022), Rome–Ciampino, Rome–Fiumicino, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Treviso, Turin, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Aalborg,[20] Bergen, Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Gothenburg, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Ålesund, Molde, Harstad
Sky Express Athens
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga,[23] Tallinn[23]
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Seasonal charter: Budapest,[24] Gdańsk, Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin
Sunclass AirlinesSeasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo, Sandefjord, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
TAROMSeasonal charter: Bucharest, Cluj Napoca
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
TUI AirwaysSeasonal: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly NordicSeasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg,[25] Helsinki,[26] Norrköping,[27] Oslo,[28] Stockholm–Arlanda
Widerøe Seasonal charter: Bergen
Wizz Air Seasonal: Bari (begins 6 July 2022),[29] Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, London–Gatwick, Sofia, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin

Traffic figures[edit]

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

The data are from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[30] until 2016, and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport.[31]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 204,360 621,986 826,346
1995 Increase220,910 Increase669,516 Increase890,426
1996 Increase244,146 Decrease587,106 Decrease831,252
1997 Increase301,471 Increase622,689 Increase924,160
1998 Decrease292,504 Increase676,687 Increase969,191
1999 Increase414,429 Increase816,045 Increase1,230,474
2000 Increase515,093 Increase901,710 Increase1,416,803
2001 Decrease395,864 Increase1,033,118 Increase1,428,982
2002 Decrease331,521 Increase1,053,058 Decrease1,384,579
2003 Increase413,541 Increase1,066,112 Increase1,479,653
2004 Decrease382,224 Decrease1,064,153 Decrease1,446,377
2005 Increase401,141 Increase1,111,628 Increase1,512,769
2006 Increase437,403 Increase1,323,556 Increase1,760,959
2007 Increase514,318 Increase1,368,516 Increase1,882,834
2008 Increase522,658 Decrease1,343,923 Decrease1,866,581
2009 Increase575,687 Decrease1,219,779 Decrease1,795,466
2010 Decrease468,279 Decrease1,186,585 Decrease1,654,864
2011 Decrease449,211 Increase1,325,497 Increase1,774,708
2012 Decrease397,661 Increase1,435,313 Increase1,832,974
2013 Decrease379,280 Increase1,699,577 Increase2,078,857
2014 Increase578,286 Increase1,869,280 Increase2,447,566
2015 Increase827,190 Increase1,875,093 Increase2,702,283
2016 Increase881,031 Increase2,085,666 Increase2,966,697
2017 Decrease831,324 Increase2,111,085 Increase3,042,409
2018 Decrease646,723 Increase2,361,964 Decrease3,008,687
2019 Increase672,945 Decrease2,310,597 Decrease2,983,542
2020 Decrease295.385 Decrease408.097 Decrease703.482
2021 Increase454,298 Increase1,340,938 Increase1,795,236
2022(Apr) Increase167,225 Increase127,368 Increase294,593

Traffic statistics by country (2018)[edit]

Traffic by country at Chania International Airport – 2018
Place Country Arriving pax Departing pax Total pax
1 Sweden Sweden 164,385 164,365 328,750
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 162,160 163,137 325,297
3 Norway Norway 154,429 154,459 308,888
4 Denmark Denmark 147,764 151,220 298,984
5 Poland Poland 108,060 107,675 215,735
6 Finland Finland 96,759 97,974 194,733
7 Germany Germany 84,093 84,101 168,194
8 Italy Italy 43,192 42,528 85,720
9 Belgium Belgium 36,906 37,209 74,115
10 Cyprus Cyprus 32,303 31,734 64,037


Transportation to and from the airport[edit]

The airport can be easily reached by car, bus or taxi via the main road network. The city of Chania is about 22 minutes drive away.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT "I. DASKALOGIANNIS"". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Maleme - Maleme Airfield - German War Cemetery at Maleme". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Greek Airports Guide". Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Refile-Update 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Reuters. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Το στο Αεροδρόμιο Χανίων – Εικόνες & βίντεο από τα έργα και τις αλλαγές".
  7. ^ Herman, Steve. "Trump Admits 'Unknown Territory' Awaits in Kim Summit". VOA. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Exclusiv: Blue Air: Zboruri din București spre Chania, Corfu, Salonic, Santorini și Skiathos". 18 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Blue Air: vom opera 13 de rute de la Iași În 2022 și 25 de rute În 2023". 21 September 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  12. ^ a b[bare URL]
  13. ^ a b "Head to the sun with Corendon Airlines. - Corendon Airlines".
  14. ^ "Flights to Nuremberg". Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  15. ^[bare URL]
  16. ^ @seanm1997 (13 April 2022). "NEW ROUTE. easyJet - Glasgow to Chania. Summer seasonal flights start 29 June 2022" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Charter flights".
  18. ^[bare URL]
  19. ^[bare URL]
  20. ^ a b c d e "Flight".
  21. ^ "Ryanair Delivers Tourism Recovery at Nuremberg Airport – Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  22. ^ "Ryanair Opens Three New Bases in Greece for Summer '21 – Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  23. ^ a b
  24. ^ "Travel Service Hungary Adds New Routes in S15". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Only Flight".
  26. ^ "Only Flight".
  27. ^ Liu, Jim (3 January 2020). "TUIfly Nordic outlines Norrkoping network in S20".
  28. ^ "Only Flight".
  29. ^ "Wizzair : Altre nuove rotte estive!". 21 December 2021.
  31. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT (CHQ) - 2017 vs 2016",
  32. ^[bare URL PDF]

External links[edit]

Media related to Chania International Airport at Wikimedia Commons