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Kos International Airport

Coordinates: 36°47′36.01″N 27°05′30″E / 36.7933361°N 27.09167°E / 36.7933361; 27.09167
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Kos International Airport "Ippokratis"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκρατης"
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport Greece
ServesKos Island
LocationAntimachia, Greece
Focus city forAegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL409 ft / 126 m
Coordinates36°47′36.01″N 27°05′30″E / 36.7933361°N 27.09167°E / 36.7933361; 27.09167
KGS is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 7,874 2,400 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 77.3%
Aircraft movements21.475
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 51.2

Kos International Airport "Ippokratis" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκρατης"; named for Hippocrates) (IATA: KGS, ICAO: LGKO) is an international airport on the island of Kos in Greece. It is located near Antimachia Village, and is operated by Fraport AG.

The airport mainly serves charter airlines, who bring customers on holiday to the island. Kos Airport hits its peak in summer, with flights from German and British airlines primarily.


The airport was opened on 4 April 1964. In 1974, the runway was extended to 2,400 metres. Due to increased traffic at the airport, a new terminal was built in 1980. In 1997, the terminal building was renovated and expanded.[citation needed]

In December 2015, the privatisation of Kos Island 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.[4] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[5] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Kos Island International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

On 22 March 2017, Fraport AG and its Greek subsidiary Fraport Greece presented its plans for 14 regional airports that they had been handed control of by the Greek Government.[6] The immediate actions by Fraport were to improve lighting, improve the marking of airside areas, upgrade sanitary facilities, enhance WiFi services and implementing better fire safety throughout the airport.

The long-term plans by the operator, which initially were to continue until 2021, included the building of a new terminal and a new fire station, and the refurbishment of the waste water treatment plant The new terminal provides significantly more check-in desks and security check lanes.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

Aegean Airlines[7] Athens, Thessaloniki[8]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[9]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[10]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
ArkiaSeasonal: Tel Aviv
Austrian AirlinesSeasonal: Vienna
Bluebird AirwaysSeasonal: Tel Aviv
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick,[11] London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[12]
Buzz[13] Seasonal charter: Katowice
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich[14]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf,[15] Hannover,[16] Nuremberg
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels,[17] Maastricht/Aachen
Discover Airlines Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, Lyon,[18] Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Venice
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air[19] Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[13] Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Linz
EurowingsSeasonal: Berlin,[20] Cologne/Bonn, Graz,[21] Hamburg, Nuremberg[22] Salzburg, Stuttgart
Seasonal charter: Innsbruck[23]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern, Zürich
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Leav Aviation Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn[24]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt[25]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Marabu Seasonal: Hamburg, Munich
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo,[26] Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Verona[27]
RyanairSeasonal: Bari, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Dublin,[28] London–Stansted,[29] Milan–Malpensa,[30] Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Treviso, Vienna, Weeze,[31] Zagreb[32]
Scandinavian AirlinesSeasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stavanger,[33] Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky ExpressAstypalaia, Athens, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Leros, Rhodes
Seasonal: Amsterdam
Seasonal charter: Weeze[34]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Münster/Osnabrück[35]
Smartwings[36] Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Oslo[37]
SundairSeasonal: Berlin, Bremen,[38] Dresden, Lübeck[39]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague[40]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin,[41] East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London–Luton,[42] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly DeutschlandSeasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen (resumes 11 July 2024),[43] Rotterdam
Wizz Air Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[44]


Annual passenger traffic at KGS airport. See Wikidata query.

The data are from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[45] until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the official website of the airport.[46]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 125,215 1,130,052 1,255,267
1995 Decrease141,283 Decrease1,015,148 Decrease1,156,431
1996 Increase150,271 Decrease892,154 Decrease1,042,425
1997 Increase153,151 Increase1,006,424 Increase1,159,575
1998 Decrease145,312 Increase1,044,604 Increase1,189,916
1999 Increase169,650 Increase1,274,656 Increase1,444,306
2000 Increase217,876 Increase1,360,280 Increase1,578,156
2001 Decrease200,614 Increase1,440,986 Increase1,641,600
2002 Decrease177,003 Decrease1,321,099 Decrease1,498,102
2003 Increase183,821 Decrease1,278,862 Decrease1,462,683
2004 Increase247,758 Decrease1,256,941 Increase1,504,699
2005 Increase255,077 Decrease1,207,698 Decrease1,462,775
2006 Decrease251,610 Increase1,321,507 Increase1,573,117
2007 Increase272,271 Increase1,369,410 Increase1,641,681
2008 Decrease264,276 Decrease1,351,177 Decrease1,615,453
2009 Decrease260,347 Decrease1,257,599 Decrease1,517,946
2010 Decrease231,057 Increase1,396,183 Increase1,627,240
2011 Decrease220,921 Increase1,705,302 Increase1,926,223
2012 Decrease192,043 Decrease1,605,458 Decrease1,797,501
2013 Decrease175,422 Increase1,853,196 Increase2,028,618
2014 Increase189,750 Increase2,024,714 Increase2,214,464
2015 Increase201,000 Decrease1,942,860 Decrease2,143,860
2016 Increase205,695 Decrease1,695,800 Decrease1,901,495
2017 Increase234,023 Increase2,086,567 Increase2,320,590
2018 Increase271,725 Increase2,394,582 Increase2,666,307
2019 Increase284,948 Decrease2.391,696 Increase2.676,644
2020 Decrease134.392 Decrease666.263 Decrease800.655
2021 Increase174,028 Increase1,400,490 Increase1,574,518
2022 Increase263,900 Increase2,527,690 Increase2,791,590
2023 Increase305,775 Increase2,648,944 Increase2,954,719
2024(May) Increase112.200 Increase355.324 Increase467.524

Traffic statistics by country (2022)[edit]

Traffic by country at Kos International Airport – 2022[47]
Rank Country Total
1 Germany Germany 813,947
2 United Kingdom United Kingdom 618,518
3 Greece Greece 263,900
4 Netherlands Netherlands 223,286
5 Poland Poland 176,796
6 Italy Italy 108,653
7 Belgium Belgium 103,199
8 Austria Austria 77,881
9 Czech Republic Czech Republic 75,759
10 Switzerland Switzerland 74,696
11 France France 70,337
12 Denmark Denmark 40,253
13 Sweden Sweden 36,182
14 Israel Israel 34,634
15 Finland Finland 24,271

Ground transport[edit]

By public bus:[48] A transit bus service operates between the airport and Kos town, Mastichari, Kardamena and Kefalos.

By tour operator transfer: Tour operators such as Jet2holidays and TUI UK provide free bus transfers from customers' accommodation to the airport.

By taxi:[49] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Kos Airport Terminal building.

By car:[50] Kos Airport is located 24 km from the Kos town and is accessible from the provincial road Kos-Kefalos.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In 2013, an Air Explore Boeing 737 made an emergency landing due to the left engine overheating. Once it taxied to the gate, the engine caught fire. The pilot ordered an evacuation using the emergency slides on either side of the aircraft. No one was injured during the incident.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "METAR/Synop Information for LGKO (16742) in Kos Airport , Greece". Gladstonefamily.net. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  2. ^ "FRAPORT GREECE - FULL YEAR 2022 vs 2021" (PDF).
  3. ^ "KOS AIRPORT "IPPOKRATIS"". kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Reuters. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Fraport Greece's Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  7. ^ "Flight Schedule". Aegean Airlines.
  8. ^ "Aegean Airlines / Olympic Air NW23 Domestic Operation Changes". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  9. ^ "AERLINGUS NS23 EUROPEAN NETWORK CHANGES – 12DEC22". Aeroroutes. 14 December 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  10. ^ "AirBaltic adds new flights – total of 96 routes in 2021".
  11. ^ "British Airways Announces Routes and Starts Selling Seats for ITS New Gatwick Short-Haul Subsidiary".
  12. ^ "Brussels Airlines prepares for summer with the reopening of attractive holiday destinations". press.brusselsairlines.com. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
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  14. ^ "In summer 2021 Condor will fly from Zurich to the most popular vacation destinations". condor-newsroom.condor.com. 29 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Corendon Airlines NS23 Germany Network Additions – 28DEC22".
  16. ^ Liu, Jim. "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Corendon significantly expands its offer on the Belgian market: 22 destinations from Brussels, 9 from Maastricht". 14 March 2022.
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  19. ^ "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  20. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before". 20 December 2021.
  21. ^ "Ab Sommerflugplan: Neue Direktflüge: Eurowings verbindet Graz mit Hamburg und Berlin | Kleine Zeitung". www.kleinezeitung.at. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  22. ^ "Mallorca, Nizza und viele mehr: Neue Reiseziele vom Airport Nürnberg".
  23. ^ "Sommerflugplan 2022" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Cologne/Bonn: Leav Aviation starts scheduled flights". 12 May 2023.
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  28. ^ "New destinations: Ryanair to fly to Kos and Brindisi from Dublin next year". The Irish Times.
  29. ^ "Timetable".
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  32. ^ "Ryanair to launch new Zagreb service". 3 February 2023.
  33. ^ "Only Flight". tui.no.
  34. ^ "Sunweb: nu ook vakantievluchten vanaf Weeze en uitbreiding op Brussels Airport". luchtvaartnieuws.nl. 14 December 2022.
  35. ^ "Smartlynx NS23 Muenster Network Additions".
  36. ^ "Flight schedule". smartwings.com.
  37. ^ "Sunclass Airlines NS23 Network Additions".
  38. ^ "Sundair.com". www.sundair.com. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  39. ^ "Sundair 2Q24 Lubeck – Greece Network Additions".
  40. ^ "Transavia Adds New Eindhoven Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  41. ^ "TUI Airways NS23 Ireland Operations – 21MAR23".
  42. ^ "Flight Timetable | TUI Airways".
  43. ^ "Kos en Gazipasa nieuw in zomerdienstregeling Groningen Airport Eelde". 1 December 2023.
  44. ^ "Wizz Air launches 9 new routes across Europe!". Flight deals from Europe, USA, Asia and Australia | Fly4free. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  45. ^ "KOS AIRPORT IPPOKRATIS", ypa.gr
  46. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", kgs-airport.gr
  47. ^ "Traffic Report by Country" (PDF). Kos Airport "Ippokratis". 2022.
  48. ^ "By Public Bus | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  49. ^ "By Taxi | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  50. ^ "By Car | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kos Island International Airport at Wikimedia Commons