Kalamata International Airport

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Kalamata International Airport
"Captain Vasilis Konstantakopoulos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας
«Καπετάν Βασίλης Κωνσταντακόπουλος»


KLX is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
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
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 Constantakopoulos" 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]


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. Hellenic Air Force uses the same runway as the commercial airplanes.


  • 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]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Munich
Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Larnaca (begins 1 July 2017),[4] Lyon, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm-Arlanda
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Olympic Air Thessaloniki (PSO)
Seasonal: Athens (begins 1 June 2017)[5]
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal charter: Bratislava , Warsaw
SAS Seasonal charter: Oslo
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Katowice
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester[6]
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by SmartLynx Airlines
Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Prague[7]
Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino[8]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 October 1971 an Olympic Airways NAMC YS-11 was hijacked. It had departed from Kalamata International Airport to Hellinikon International Airport. All 64 passengers survived. One hijacker demanded to be taken to Lebanon. Plane stormed and hijacker arrested. The hijacking lasted less than a day.
  • On November 2001, fourteen plane spotters (12 British and 2 Dutch) were arrested by the police after being observed taking photos of the air base.

Ground Transport[edit]

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


  • The airport is featured in the opening scene of the 2013 film Before Midnight.

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