Corfu International Airport

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Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας
"Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας"
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu.jpg
IATA: CFUICAO: LGKR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Greek Government
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group
Serves Corfu
Location Garitsa, Corfu
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167Coordinates: 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167
Map
CFU is located in Greece
CFU
CFU
Location in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,785 2,373 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,438,016
Passenger traffic change Increase 2.3%
Aircraft movements 18,712
Aircraft movements change Decrease 1.6%
Source: Greek AIP at HCAA[1]
Statistics: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Corfu International Airport, "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας, "Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας") or Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistrias) International Airport (IATA: CFUICAO: LGKR) is a government-owned airport on the Greek island of Corfu at Kerkyra, serving both scheduled and charter flights from European cities. Air traffic peaks during the summer season, between April and October.

The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, named after Ioannis Kapodistrias distinguished Corfiot European diplomat and first Governor of Greece,[3] is located around 2 kilometres south of Corfu Town, half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The approach and landing, in a northeasterly direction, offer the flying passengers a spectacular aerial view of Pontikonisi and Vlaherna Monastery as well as the hills of Kanoni as the runway used for landing is actually a few hundred metres away from these landmarks.

History[edit]

Travel Service Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Corfu International Airport

The airport was founded in 1937. During Second World War it was used by German and Italian forces as a base for transport and fighter aircraft. During the war the runway length was 600m. By the end of April 1949 the length had reached 800m. The next and last extension of the runway began in 1957 and was completed in 1959, with a length of 2,373m. The first commercial flight took place on 19 April 1949 from Athens operated by TAE Greek National Airlines. On 2 September 1950 HELLAS also started flights to Corfu. In 1962 a small passenger terminal was built, which today accommodates the Corfu Aeroclub. In April 1965 the airport became International and the first flight was operated by Olympic Airlines. The construction of the new passenger terminal began in 1968 and was completed in 1972.[4]

Privatisation[edit]

In December 2015 the privatisation of Corfu International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement (as a joint venture) between Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group and state privatisation fund Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Corfu International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016,

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport offers all-year-long domestic flights operated by Aegean Airlines and Sky Express but the vast majority of traffic in the summer season is charter flights for holidaymakers.

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki (PSO)[7]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow[8]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle,[9] Munich, Stuttgart (begins 29 April 2017)[10]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam,[11] Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, London-Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne ,[12] Paris-Charles de Gaulle,
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Bari, Kiev-Boryspil, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Riga, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (begins 30 April 2017)[13]
Germania Seasonal: Bremen, Erfurt/Weimar
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Stuttgart
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari, Naples
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna
NordStar Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Helsinki,[14] Trondheim
Novair Seasonal: Gothenburg–Landvetter, Stockholm–Arlanda
Olympic Air Athens[15]
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Athens[15]
Ryanair[16] Seasonal: Athens, Bergamo, Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Katowice, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Poznań, Pisa, Prestwick, Rome–Fiumicino, Rzeszów, Treviso, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Sky Express Cephalonia (PSO),[7] Preveza (PSO),[7]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick,[17] Manchester
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service[18]
Seasonal: Budapest,[19] Brno,[20] Ostrava, Prague
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal: Bratislava[18]
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Luton (begins 6 May 2017), London–Stansted,[21] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by SmartLynx Airlines
Seasonal: London-Gatwick[22]
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International,[23] Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen[24]
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Košice
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUIfly Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Nantes, Turin,[25] Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino[26]
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Warsaw-Chopin

Ground transportation[edit]

There is a taxi rank outside the terminal and a bus stop connecting[27] the airport with Corfu Town.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greek AIP at HCAA website". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "KERKYRA AIRPORT "IOANNIS KAPODISTRIAS"". Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ William Philip Chapman (1993). Karystos: city-state and country town. Uptown Press. p. 163. Retrieved 3 August 2012. Actually, Russia's distinguished diplomat and Foreign Minister, and later Greece's first president (1827-3 1)... 
  4. ^ Corfu Airport History. http://www.corfu-airport.com. Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/13859-greece-signs-privatization-of-14-regional-airports-with-germany-s-fraport-for-e1-2-bln.html
  6. ^ http://uk.reuters.com/article/eurozone-greece-privatisation-idUKL8N1431P720151214
  7. ^ a b c "ΠΑΡΟΧΗ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΑΣ ΥΠΗΡΕΣΙΑΣ (ΑΓΟΝΕΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΕΣ)". ypa.gr. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.thetoc.gr/eng/food--travel/article/british-airways-to-add-routes-to-corfu-and-kos
  9. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/09/12/de-europe-s14/
  10. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/267718/condor-adds-new-greek-routes-in-s17/
  11. ^ "easyJet adds 20 new routes for summer 2015". EasyJet. 10 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "New routes for summer 2015". easyJet. 
  13. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/268481/finnair-plans-new-european-routes-in-s17/
  14. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/17/dy-lgw787-s14/
  15. ^ a b "Aegean Airlines". aegeanair.com. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "New Corfu Base (No. 75) To Open As Ryanair Doubles Traffic". corporate.ryanair.com. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Flight timetables". gatwickairport.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "SmartWings Flight schedule". smartwings.com. 
  19. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/03/23/qs-hungary-s15/
  20. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/11/19/qs-s15update1/
  21. ^ Choose Flights. Thomas Cook Airlines (1 October 2012). Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  22. ^ https://www.thomascook.com/flights/
  23. ^ http://www.thomson.co.uk/thomson/page/byo/search/departureAirPortFlights.page?departureAirPort=BFS
  24. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/04/30/7o-s15/
  25. ^ http://www.volotea.com/en
  26. ^ Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome
  27. ^ "CorfuTime newspaper blog: "New Corfu Town-Airport bus route" (in Greek)". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Corfu International Airport at Wikimedia Commons