Kos Island International Airport
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|Kos Island International Airport, Hippocrates
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω, Ιπποκράτης
|Operator||Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture|
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|Elevation AMSL||409 ft / 126 m|
Kos Island International Airport, "Hippocrates" (IATA: KGS, ICAO: LGKO), or Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω, Ιπποκράτης in Greek, is an airport serving the island of Kos, Greece. The airport is located near to Andimachia village. It is also the second-closest airport to Bodrum after Milas-Bodrum Airport.
The airport was opened on 4 April 1964. In 1974 the runway was extended to 2,400 metres. With the increased traffic at the airport in 1980 was built new terminal building. In 1997, the terminal building was renovated and expanded.
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. "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters. According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Kos Island International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- In 2013, an Air Explore Boeing 737 made an emergency landing due to the left engine overheating. Once taxied to the gate, the engine caught Fire. The pilot ordered an evacuation using the emergency slides either side of the aircraft. No one was injured during the incident.
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