Kalamata International Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kalamata International Airport
"Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας

«Καπετάν Βασίλης Κωνσταντακόπουλος»
Kalamata Airport.jpg
Kalamata International Airport
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGreek state
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
KLX is located in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 8,868 2,703 Asphalt
17L/35R 9,436 2,876 (now taxiway)
Statistics (2018)
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]


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]


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]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Kalamata Airport:

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens (resumes 19 May 2023),[5] Copenhagen,[6] Helsinki,[7] Munich, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv (begins 16 May 2023)[8]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna[9]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham,[10] London–Stansted,[11] Manchester[12]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich[13]
Marathon Airlines Seasonal charter: Innsbruck (begins 21 May 2023)[14]
Olympic Air Thessaloniki
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, London–Stansted, Vienna[15][16]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[17]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly[18]
Volotea Seasonal: Nantes (begins 30 May 2023)[19]


Annual passenger traffic at KLX airport. See 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][better source needed] The only way to reach the airport is by car, taxi or bus.[23] The neighboring railway line to Messini and Kalamata was shut down in 2011.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LGKL/JEPPESEN KALAMATA, GREECE, Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  3. ^ "Δελτία τύπου – About Aegean".
  4. ^ "Greek Airfield Bombed". The Mercury. Vol. CLVIII, no. 22, 686. Tasmania. 17 August 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ https://el.aegeanair.com/destinations/programma-dromologion/
  7. ^ https://el.aegeanair.com/destinations/programma-dromologion/
  8. ^ https://news.gtp.gr/2023/01/27/aegean-to-launch-flights-to-tel-aviv-from-ioannina-chania-and-kalamata/
  9. ^ austrian.com - Flights to Kalamata retrieved 10 September 2022
  10. ^ "Jet2 announce two new routes from Birmingham; to be #2 base". 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Jet2 expands summer 2020 network to Greece".
  12. ^ "Jet2 expands summer 2020 network to Greece".
  13. ^ "Lufthansa: Book now for the summer". Lufthansa Group.
  14. ^ "Marathon Airlines assumes Idealtours-charter". aviation.direct (in German). 7 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  16. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  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". Routes.
  19. ^ "Volotea opens four new routes from Nantes and adds an eighth based aircraft" (in French).
  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. ^ http://www.hcaa.gr/en/our-airports/kratikos-aerolimenas-kalamatas-kapetan-bas-kwnstantakopoylos-kakl , Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority - Our Airports - Kalamata Airport "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"

External links[edit]