Kos International Airport

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Kos International Airport "Hippocrates"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκράτης"
Kos airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
ServesKos Island
LocationAndimachia, 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; 27.09167Coordinates: 36°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 (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 14.9%
Aircraft movements20,327
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 17.3%

Kos International Airport "Hippocrates" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκράτης") (IATA: KGS, ICAO: LGKO) 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 a 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.[2] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[3] 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.

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

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Kos.[4]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the 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 be started in October 2017 and will be implemented for Kos International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan until 2021 :

  • New terminal
  • New fire station
  • Refurbishing/expanding the waste water treatment plant
  • 201 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 24,000 m2
  • 75 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 16 to 28)
  • 125 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 9)


By Public Bus:[5] Transit bus service is provided between the airport and the city of Kos, Mastichari, Kardamena and Kefalos. There is a public bus stop 50m from the terminal building.

By Taxi:[6] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Kos Airport Terminal building.

By Car:[7] Kos Airport is located 24 km from the city of Kos and is accessible from the provincial road Kos-Kefalos.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Athens
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal: Yerevan
ASL Airlines FranceSeasonal charter: Manchester
Austrian AirlinesSeasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Linz
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki
Blue AirSeasonal Charter: Larnaca
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Blu-express Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino[8]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Münster/Osnabrück
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Groningen, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJetSeasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Venice (begins 30 June 2019)
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, London-Gatwick, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
EurowingsSeasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Salzburg
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Katowice
Lauda Seasonal: Düsseldorf[9]
Neos Seasonal: Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Verona[10]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Olympic Air Athens
Ryanair Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky Express Athens, Astypalaia, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Leros, Rhodes
Smartwings Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Smartwings Hungary Seasonal: Budapest[11]
Sundair Seasonal: Dresden
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[12]
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam[13]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Belfast(begins 16 May 2020), Dublin,[14] Stockholm–Arlanda[15]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Innsbruck, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
TUI fly NordicSeasonal charter: Gothenburg,[15] Oslo-Gardermoen[16]
VoloteaSeasonal: Venice[17]
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[18] until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the official website of the airport.[19]

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 Increase1,517,946
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 (Jan-Apr) Increase74,516 Increase47,492 Increase122,008

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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 on either side of the aircraft. No one was injured during the incident.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KOS AIRPORT "IPPOKRATIS"". kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  5. ^ "By Public Bus | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  6. ^ "By Taxi | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  7. ^ "By Car | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  8. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Blu Express adds new seasonal routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/la/en/cheap-flight-destinations
  10. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings Plans Hungary Operations June – Sep 2015". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Flight". spies.dk.
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Transavia Adds New Eindhoven Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Holidays.ie.
  15. ^ a b "Only Flight". tui.se.
  16. ^ "Only Flight". tui.no.
  17. ^ volotea (25 October 2016). "VOLOTEA - Bookings, vacations, destinations, flights, routes". Volotea. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  18. ^ "KOS AIRPORT IPPOKRATIS", ypa.gr
  19. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", kgs-airport.gr

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