Corfu International Airport

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Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας

"Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας"
Corfu airport logo.svg
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek Government
OperatorFraport Greece
LocationGaritsa, Corfu
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates39°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
CFU is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,785 2,373 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 70,7%
Aircraft movements10.889
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 57,0%
Source: Greek AIP at HCAA[1]
Statistics: Fraport Greece[2]

Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας "Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας") or Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistrias) International Airport (IATA: CFU, ICAO: 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, a distinguished Corfiot diplomat and the first governor of Greece,[3] is located around 2 kilometres south of Corfu Town, and half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi.[4] A 2021 study found that Corfu International Airport was one of the top 20 most vulnerable airports to climate change caused sea level rise.[5]


Check-in at Corfu Airport

The airport was founded in 1937. During the 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 600 m. By the end of April 1949, the length had reached 800 m. A further extension to 1,260 m took place by the end of 1951 to meet the then larger aircraft needs. 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, with the inaugural overseas flight being operated by Olympic Airlines. The construction of the new passenger terminal began in 1968 and was completed in 1972.[6]

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.[7] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[8] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Corfu International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Fraport Greece's investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including Corfu International Airport.[9]

Immediate actions that were implemented as soon as Fraport-Greece took over operations included a general clean up of the airport, improving lighting and sanitary facilities and the markings of airside areas, as well as offering free WiFi and ensuring fire safety standards are met throughout the airport and surrounding property.

The master plan also included changes which will be implemented under Fraport-Greece's investment plan prior to 2021. They include the remodeling and expansion of the current terminal as well as the construction of a new one. A Hold Baggage inline Screening System (HBS) will improve safety and efficiency, along with the refurbishment of the airport fire service, which will benefit from the reorganization of the airport apron area including the replacement of paving in this area. Also planned is the increase of the number of check-in desks from 22 to 28, and the number of departure gates to 12, as well as reorganisation of the security check lanes in the terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Brest, Deauville, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[10] Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Connect[11] Seasonal charter: Bacău[citation needed], Bucharest[citation needed], Timișoara[citation needed]
AirExplore Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Košice
Air France Seasonal: Marseille,[12] Paris–Charles de Gaulle[13]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[14]
Animawings[15] Seasonal: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Lyon
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Avion Express Seasonal charter: Vilnius
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest[16] Iași (begins 3 June 2023)[17]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Katowice,[18] Gdańsk
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich[19]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle,[20] Munich, Stuttgart[21]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[22] Düsseldorf,[23] Hannover,[24] Nuremberg[24]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam[25]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam,[26] Basel/Mulhouse,[27] Belfast–International,[28] Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva ,[29] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Venice[30]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice[31] Poznań
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Linz[32]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Salzburg, Stuttgart
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich[33]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[34]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[35]
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
ITA Airways Seasonal: Milan–Linate [36] Rome–Fiumicino
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki Seasonal: Birmingham,[37] Bristol,[38] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Katowice,[39] Poznań,[40] Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki,[41] Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Aarhus, Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest[42] Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Hahn,[43] Heraklion, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kraków, London–Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Münster/Osnabrück, Naples, Niš,[44] Nuremberg, Pisa,[45] Poznań, Prague, Rome–Ciampino, Rome–Fiumicino, Santorini, Shannon, Sibiu,[45] Sofia,[45] Stockholm–Arlanda, Teesside, Tel Aviv, Treviso, Turin, Verona, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wroclaw, Zagreb[46]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen[47]
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda[48]
Sky Express Athens, Preveza, Thessaloniki
SkyUp Seasonal: Kharkiv , Kyiv–Boryspil,[49]
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava,[50] Brno,[51] Katowice, Ostrava, Prague, Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal charter: Budapest, Košice, Vilnius
Sundair Seasonal: Berlin,[52] Dresden[53]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Nantes,[54] Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International,[55] Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[56]
Seasonal charter: Dublin[57]
TUI fly Belgium[58] Seasonal: Brussels, Lille,[58] Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam
Tus Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv[59]
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona,[60] Rome–Fiumicino[61]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Bari, Bucharest, Budapest, Cardiff, Cluj-Napoca[62] Debrecen,[63] Katowice, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa, Naples,[64] Rome–Fiumicino, Sofia, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin

Traffic figures[edit]

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

The data are from the official website of the airport.[65]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2009 Decrease305,554 Decrease1,487,011 Decrease1,792,565
2010 Decrease282,362 Decrease1,462,399 Decrease1,744,761
2011 Decrease264,338 Increase1,579,835 Increase1,844,173
2012 Decrease231,215 Increase1,683,307 Increase1,914,522
2013 Decrease217,299 Increase1,889,528 Increase2,106,827
2014 Increase236,995 Increase2,146,383 Increase2,383,378
2015 Increase252,506 Increase2,185,510 Increase2,438,016
2016 Increase298,810 Increase2,465,749 Increase2,764,559
2017 Decrease295,745 Increase2,622,205 Increase2,917,950
2018 Increase340,318 Increase3,023,797 Increase3,364,115
2019 Increase342.844 Decrease2.933.053 Decrease3.275.897
2020 Decrease140.471 Decrease820.566 Decrease961.037
2021 Increase214,211 Increase1,830,493 Increase2,044,704
2022(Jul) Increase182,648 Increase1,748,808 Increase1,931,456

Ground transport[edit]

By car or taxi Corfu Airport is located 2.7 km from the city of Corfu and takes about 10 minutes. Bus services are provided between the airport and the city centre.[66]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Corfu International Airport at Wikimedia Commons