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Kalamata International Airport
"Captain Vasilis Konstantakopoulos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας
«Καπετάν Βασίλης Κωνσταντακόπουλος»
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Greek state
Operator HCAA
Location Kalamata
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 37°04′06.18″N 22°01′32.29″E / 37.0683833°N 22.0256361°E / 37.0683833; 22.0256361Coordinates: 37°04′06.18″N 22°01′32.29″E / 37.0683833°N 22.0256361°E / 37.0683833; 22.0256361
Map
KLX is located in Greece
KLX
KLX
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 8,868 2,703 Asphalt
17L/35R 9,436 2,876 (now taxiway)
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 188,209
Passenger traffic change Decrease 20.4%
Aircraft movements 2,520
Aircraft movements change Decrease 12.5%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Kalamata International Airport (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας) (IATA: KLXICAO: LGKL) "Captain Vassilis Constanțakopoulos" is an airport in the city of Kalamata, Greece. It mainly receives flights during the summer. On March 2013, Aegean Airlines opened a base in the airport.[3]

Overview[edit]

The airport is located between Kalamata and Messini on GR-82 (Pylos – Kalamata – Sparta) and west of the train tracks on the Pamisos River plain. The runway is about 2.7 km long and runs from north to south from the highway north to the plain. The terminal lies to the east and is accessed with GR-7/E55/E65 (Kalamata – Tripoli – Corinth).

There is a military base of the Hellenic Air Force and an air-training department to the west of the runway.[4] Hellenic Air Force uses the same runway as the commercial airplanes.

History[edit]

  • 1959 – Kalamata International Airport opens
  • 1986 – Charter flights begin to operate out of the airport
  • 1991 – New aircraft terminal was built
  • 1991 – Operated by Hellenic Civil Aviation
  • 2012 – Renamed "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" after Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos

Airlines and destinations[edit]

In the summer months, charter and scheduled flights fly direct to Kalamata International Airport from some European cities. A scheduled service by Aegean Air once a day linking Kalamata and Athens International Airport commenced in 2010.[citation needed]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Düsseldorf, Munich, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Larnaca (begins 4 August 2017), Lyon, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 30 May 2017), Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal charter: Yerevan (begins 21 June 2017)[citation needed]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[5]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Vienna (begins 5 July 2017)
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Olympic Air Thessaloniki (PSO)
Seasonal: Athens (begins 1 June 2017)[6]
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen[7]
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester[8]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Bratislava[citation needed]
TUIfly Belgium Seasonal charter: Lille[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Ground Transport[edit]

The airport has been criticised for the lack of public transport.[12] The only way to reach the airport is by car and taxi and bus.[13] A stop on the adjacent train line to Messini and Kalamata is not operational.[citation needed]

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LGKL/JEPPESEN KALAMATA, GREECE, Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. ^ "KALAMATA AIRPORT "CAPTAIN VASSILIS CONSTANTAKOPOULOS"". ypa.gr. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Δελτία τύπου – About Aegean". 
  4. ^ "Greek Airfield Bombed". The Mercury. CLVIII, (22,686). Tasmania. 17 August 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ British Airways Inaugural London Flight Lands in Kalamata, By Gregory Pappas, May 6, 2016, The Pappas Post, ...British Airways inaugurated its new London to Kalamata non-stop service with the arrival of flight 644 from the airline's hub at Heathrow International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Numerous local officials were on hand to welcome the inaugural flight, which will run twice weekly service between London and the city in southern Greece...
  6. ^ "Aegean Airlines – Aegean Airlines". 
  7. ^ "Flights from Scandinavia to Vacation Destinations – PrimeraAir". 
  8. ^ "Book & Plan". 
  9. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "TUI Belgium outlines S17 new French / Italian routes". 
  10. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident NAMC YS-11 registration unknown Athens". 
  11. ^ "British plane-spotters face spying charges.(Home news)", The Times (London, England), NI Syndication Limited: 13, 2001-11-12, ISSN 0140-0460 , ...Byline: Philip Pank TWELVE plane-spotters from Britain face possible imprisonment in Greece after they were arrested and charged with spying at a military airbase south of Athens...
  12. ^ Kalamata International Airport - Kalamatas, Messinia, Greece - Airport, Landmark & historical place, Facebook, 2016 Review:...Not even close to being an international airport.Poor building and infrastructure.Poor transport.Only taxi transport.The local buses have an uknown timetable.No info desk,no bus stop except a sign sprayed on the road,no shade at 40 celsius.Poor is being kind to this excuse of an airport...
  13. ^ TRANSPORTATION / 1. Βy bus: From the airport terminal to Kalamata, Pylo, Koroni, Chora cities. KTEL of Messinias | Phone no: +30 27210 - 22851 / 2. Taxi | Phone no: +30 27220 - 23100 / 3. Radiotaxi | Phone no: +30 27210 - 21112, Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority - Our Airports - Kalamata Airport "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"
  14. ^ Location #1: Kalamata Airport, Before Midnight (2013) Filming Locations – The Movie District

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