Heraklion International Airport
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|Heraklion International Airport
Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ηρακλείου
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Focus city for||Ellinair|
|Elevation AMSL||115 ft / 35 m|
Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR) is the primary airport on the island of Crete, Greece, and the country’s second busiest airport after Athens International Airport. It is located about 5 km east of the main city center of Heraklion, near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos. It is a shared civil/military facility.
The airport is named after Heraklion native Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek writer and philosopher. Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is Crete’s main and busiest airport, serving Heraklion (Ηράκλειο), Aghios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος), Malia (Mάλλια), Hersonissos (Χερσόνησος), Stalida (Σταλίδα), Elounda (Ελούντα) and other resorts.
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The airport first opened in March 1939. This was then merely a piece of flat agricultural land. The first aeroplane (a Junkers Ju-52) carried the first passengers to the site. During the Second World War operations ceased, but in the fall of 1946 traffic ressumed, introducing the DC-3 aircraft.
At first, the airport only offered very basic service, with only primitive installations on the site, in the form of three tents, smoke for wind determination and storm lamps for runway lighting.
In 1947, the first (small) terminal was erected. Hellenic Airlines started commercial flights in 1948. At that time, a total of 4,000 people were served. The year 1953 saw the construction of a paved runway which was initially 1,850 meters long and oriented as 09/27. The next major event followed in 1954, when a four-engined DC-4 aircraft landed for the first time at the airport. In that year the airport handled approximately 18,000 passengers. From 1957 onward, the new Olympic Airways used the airport, starting services with the DC-6 aircraft. Jojo AIr also flew here But Ended service on July 2 2001
From 1968 until 1971, the runway was extended to 2,680 meters and a new terminal and other facilities were constructed, essentially making it a new airport. On March 18, 1971, the first charter flight from abroad (British Airways) operated at the airport. The new airport itself was officially inaugurated on May 5, 1972.
|1973–1975||Construction of aircraft hangars and service roads|
|1988||Inauguration of new foreign departure and arrivals lounges (900 m2)|
|1992||Completion of new foreign arrivals lounge|
|1994||Operation of new foreign departures lounge (2,000 m 2)|
|1996||Completion of airport extension by 11,700 m2|
|1997||Operation of new foreign departures lounge (5,000 m2)|
|2005||Completion of airport extension by 18,985 m2|
Airlines and destinations
|Rank||Destination||Airport(s)||Summer 2016||Top carriers|
|1||London||LGW, LTN, STN||43||Aegean Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines|
|2||Paris||CDG, ORY||32||Aegean Airlines, Air France, easyJet, Transavia France|
|3||Moscow||DME, SVO, VKO||32||Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Ellinair, Siberian Airlines, Ural Airlines|
|4||Prague||PRG||30||Aegean Airlines, SmartWings|
|5||Milan||MXP, LIN||28||Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet|
|6||Frankfurt||FRA||28||Aegean Airlines, Condor|
|7||Düsseldorf||DUS||28||Aegean Airlines, Air Berlin, Condor, Eurowings|
|8||Brussels||BRU||24||Aegean Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly|
|9||Vienna||VIE||23||Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, NIKI (airline)|
|10||Munich||MUC||22||Aegean Airlines, Air Berlin, Condor, Lufthansa|
Annual traffic statistics – 16-year history
|Year||Flights||Passengers||Passengers Change (%)|
*2017 data is for January - September only
- It is often requested by airlines that passengers do not take any photographs or video of the runway. This is because of a Hellenic Air Force base (126 CG) which operates at the airport.
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