Kavala International Airport

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Kavala International Airport "Alexander The Great"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας, "Μέγας Αλέξανδρος"
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IATA: KVAICAO: LGKV

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Location of airport in Greece
Summary
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 1
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 3,000 9,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 243,745
Passenger traffic change Increase 9.3%
Aircraft movements 3,212
Aircraft movements change Increase 0.4%
Sources:HCAA[1]

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

History[edit]

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.

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 autumn 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Graz
Air Berlin Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Munich
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk (begins 7 June 2017)
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca[5]
Condor[6]
operated by airBaltic
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 2 June 2017)
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[7] Vienna (begins 9 April 2017)
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Malmö Aviation Seasonal charter: Copenhagen [8]
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Seasonal charter: London Gatwick
Olympic Air Athens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen,[9] Stockholm-Arlanda
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines[10]
Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester ,[11] Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by SmartLynx Airlines
Seasonal: London-Gatwick [11]
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by Avion Express
Seasonal: Manchester [11]
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Katowice,[12] Warsaw-Chopin
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava[13]

Access[edit]

"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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