Kavala International Airport

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Kavala International Airport "Alexander The Great"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας, "Μέγας Αλέξανδρος"
Kavala International Airport 4.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Serves Kavala
Location Chrysoupoli
Elevation AMSL 18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 40°54′48″N 024°37′09″E / 40.91333°N 24.61917°E / 40.91333; 24.61917
Website kva-airport.gr
KVA is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 3,000 9,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 337,963
Passenger traffic change Increase 22.8%
Aircraft movements 3,837
Aircraft movements change Increase 23.5%

Kavala International Airport "Alexander the Great" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας «Μέγας Αλέξανδρος»,[2] Kratikós Aeroliménas Kaválas "Mégas Aléxandros") (IATA: KVA, ICAO: LGKV) is an airport located in the municipality of Nestos, in Greece.


The terminal
The airport's interior

The airport was originally located closer to Kavala, in the installations of the Greek Air Force, near the village of Amygdaleonas, where it began its operations in 1952 as Kavala National Airport. On 12 October 1981, it was moved near the town of Chrysoupoli, where it operates today. The relocation greatly improved the service to the nearby island of Thasos and the city of Xanthi, in addition to the continued service to the cities of Kavala and Drama.

Alexander the Great statue, Kavala airport Megas Alexandros

The airport was initially used only for domestic flights, as the original name implies. In December 1987, by a joint decision of the Minister of Presidency and the Minister for Transport and Communications it was renamed to Kavala International Airport to be again renamed in January 1992 to Kavala International Airport "Megas Alexandros", by a decision of the Minister for Transport and Communications.

At the beginning of its operation at its new location, the building infrastructure of the airport included only a terminal building. The control Tower, the fire station and the other installations were built later. A small extension to the terminal building was added in 1992. The runway had been built, with the same dimensions that it has today. In 1998 extensive works began for new building infrastructure and today the airport of Kavala is functioning as a single upgraded total (old and new installations together), including all modern facilities for service both to airlines and passengers, contributing to the growth of East Macedonia and Thrace.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Kavala International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement between the Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture and the state privatisation fund.[3] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[4] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Kavala International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Future of the Airport - Fraport Greece’s investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including the International Airport of Kavala.[5]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the launch of the 2017 summer season include :

  • General clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas.
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • Enhancing services and offering new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will start in October 2017 and will be implemented for Kavala International Airport, under Fraport-Greece’s investment plan, by 2021 :

  • Terminal expansion by 2,029 m²
  • Remodeling the current terminal
  • HBS inline screening
  • Refurbishing and expanding the fire station
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 20 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 10)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

BelaviaSeasonal charter: Minsk
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca[6]
BRA Braathens Regional Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[7]
Condor[8] Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Ellinair Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Olympic Air Athens
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Göteborg, Oslo-Gardermoen[9], Stockholm-Arlanda
SmartWings[10] Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester[11]
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań , Warsaw-Chopin
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava[12]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels


The data taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the Fraport Greece website.

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1995 Increase Increase Increase
1996 Increase Increase Increase
1997 Increase Increase Increase
1998 Decrease Decrease Decrease
1999 Increase Increase Increase
2000 Increase Increase Increase
2001 Decrease Increase Decrease
2002 Decrease Decrease Decrease
2003 Increase Increase Increase
2004 Increase Increase Increase
2005 Decrease Increase Increase
2006 Increase Increase Increase
2007 Increase Increase Increase
2008 Decrease Increase Increase
2009 Increase Decrease Decrease
2010 Decrease Decrease Decrease
2011 Decrease Increase Increase
2012 Decrease Increase Increase
2013 Decrease Increase Increase
2014 Increase Increase Increase
2015 Increase Decrease Increase
2016 Increase77,540 Increase192,435 Increase269,975
2017 Decrease75,290 Increase262,673 Increase337,963
2018* Increase6,537 Increase25,891 Increase32,428

*The data for 2018 are pertained only to month January.[13]


"KTEL KAVALAS AE" is responsible for serving daily routes to the airport. The taxi fare from the airport to Kavala is approx. 38 euros.

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