Kalamata International Airport

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Kalamata International Airport
"Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας

«Καπετάν Βασίλης Κωνσταντακόπουλος»
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGreek state
OperatorHCAA
LocationKalamata, Messinia, Greece
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates37°04′06″N 22°01′32″E / 37.06833°N 22.02556°E / 37.06833; 22.02556Coordinates: 37°04′06″N 22°01′32″E / 37.06833°N 22.02556°E / 37.06833; 22.02556
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 (2018)
Passengers278,961
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 0.9%
Aircraft movements2,601
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 23.2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Kalamata International Airport (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας) (IATA: KLX, ICAO: LGKL) "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" is an airport in the city of Kalamata, Greece. It mainly receives flights during the summer. In 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][better source needed] The air base uses the same runway as civilian aircraft.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Kalamata International Airport was opened in 1959. Charter flights began to operate out of the airport in 1986 and a new terminal was built in 1991. The same year Hellenic Civil Aviation took over as operator of the airport. In 2012 the airport was renamed after Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Brussels (begins 20 May 2022)[5] Copenhagen, Helsinki (begins 25 March 2022), Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (resumes 16 May 2022), Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Katowice,[6] Warsaw–Chopin[6]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart (begins 20 May 2022)
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[7]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham,[8] Bristol (begins 22 May 2022),[9] London–Stansted (begins 1 May 2022),[10] Manchester[11]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin[12]
Olympic Air Thessaloniki
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, London–Stansted, Milan–Malpensa,[13] Pisa (begins 29 March 2022), Vienna[14][15]
Smartwings Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[16]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[17]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly[18]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Lille, Nantes
Volotea Seasonal: Venice (begins 1 June 2022)[19]

Statistics[edit]

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

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 October 1971, an NAMC YS-11 turboprop regional airliner of Olympic Airways was hijacked. It had departed from Kalamata International Airport to Hellinikon International Airport. There was one hijacker, who demanded to be taken to Lebanon. All 64 passengers and crew survived after the aircraft was stormed and the hijacker arrested. The hijacking lasted less than a day.[20]
  • In November 2001, fourteen plane spotters (twelve British and two Dutch) were arrested by the police after being observed photographing aircraft at the air base.[21]

Ground Transport[edit]

The airport has been criticised for the lack of public transport.[22] The only way to reach the airport is by car, taxi or bus.[23] A stop on the adjacent train line to Messini and Kalamata is not operational.[citation needed]

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. ^ https://centreforaviation.com/news/aegean-airlinesplans-kalamata-brussels-service-from-may-2022-1105839
  6. ^ a b "Timetable". grecos.pl.
  7. ^ "Flights 2021 / 2022 | 1000's of low priced seats!". easyjet.com. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Jet2 announce two new routes from Birmingham; to be #2 base". 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Jet2 expands summer 2020 network to Greece".
  11. ^ "Jet2 expands summer 2020 network to Greece".
  12. ^ "LOT uruchomi na wakacje 130 połączeń do kilkudziesięciu europejskich kurortów". 24 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Ryanair will connect Milan Malpensa to Kalamata from next March". travelquotidiano.com. 16 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Wakacje 2021. Aż dziewięć nowych kierunków z Lotniska Chopina. Gdzie można polecieć z Warszawy na urlop?". 20 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Swiss Opens New Seasonal Routes Departing from Geneva". 17 January 2018.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (22 January 2020). "Transavia France S20 network expansion as of 17JAN20". routesonline.com.
  19. ^ https://www.volotea.com/el/flight-offers/kratikos-aerolimenas-kalamatas/benetia/?departureDate=2020-06-24&returnDate=2020-08-26&adults=1&childs=0&infants=0&jorney=roundtrip[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Hijacking description NAMC YS-11 registration unknown, Athens". Aviation Safety Network.
  21. ^ "British plane-spotters face spying charges.(Home news)", The Times (London, England), NI Syndication Limited: 13, 12 November 2001, 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...
  22. ^ 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 unknown 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...
  23. ^ [1], Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority - Our Airports - Kalamata Airport "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"

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