Kos International Airport

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Kos International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω
Fraport Greece Kos.svg
Kos airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport Greece
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 (2019)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 0.4%
Aircraft movements19,797
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 2.6%

Kos International Airport (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Κω; also known as Hippocrates) (IATA: KGS, ICAO: LGKO) is an international airport on the island of Kos in Greece. It is located near Andimachia Village, and is operated by Fraport AG, all operations within the airport are handled by Swissport.

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.


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.


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.[4] 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 are due to continue until 2021, are to build a new terminal and a new fire station, refurbish the waste water treatment plant, and add more security check lanes and check in counters.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines[5] Athens
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[6]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
ArkiaSeasonal: Tel Aviv[7]
Austrian AirlinesSeasonal: Vienna
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino[8]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow[9]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[10]
Buzz[11] Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Berlin,[12] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich (begins 2 July 2021)[13]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[14][15] Cologne/Bonn, Hannover,[16] Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin, Bristol, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester (begins 1 June 2021),[17] Milan–Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air[18] Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[11] Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
EurowingsSeasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Salzburg, Stuttgart (begins 26 May 2021)[19]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[20]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Zürich
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol (begins 1 July 2021),[21] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow (resumes 4 May 2022),[22] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Katowice,[23] Warsaw–Chopin,[24] Wrocław[23]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt ,[25] Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Verona[26]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Olympic Air Athens, Thessaloniki
Rossiya Airlines[27]Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
RyanairSeasonal: Bari (begins 2 July 2021),[28] Bergamo (begins 3 July 2021),[29] Berlin, Bologna (begins 3 July 2021), Liverpool (begins 1 July 2021),[30] Rome-Ciampino (begins 4 June 2021),[31] Treviso,[32] Venice (begins 19 Μay 2021), Vienna[33]
Scandinavian AirlinesSeasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stavanger,[34] Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky ExpressAstypalaia, Athens, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Leros, Rhodes
SkyUp[35] Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil (begins 29 May 2021)
Smartwings[36] Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Warsaw-Chopin
SundairSeasonal: Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague[37]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 3 May 2022),[38] London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[39]
TUI fly Belgium[40]Seasonal: Brussels, Lille,[40] Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly DeutschlandSeasonal: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Venice[41]


See source Wikidata query and sources.

The data are from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[42] until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the official website of the airport.[43]

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(Apr) Decrease20.737 Decrease0 Decrease20.737

Ground transport[edit]

By public bus:[44] A transit bus service operates between the airport and Kos town, Mastichari, Kardamena and Kefalos. There is a public bus stop 50m from the terminal building.

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

By taxi:[45] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Kos Airport Terminal building.

By car:[46] 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. ^ "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. ^ "Flight Schedule". Aegean Airlines.
  6. ^ https://www.airbaltic.com/en/airbaltic-adds-new-flights-total-of-96-routes-in-2021
  7. ^ Arika.com
  8. ^ https://italiavola.com/2021/03/10/luke-air-blue-panorama-programma-la-sua-estate-voli-da-bergamo-bologna-roma-e-milano-malpensa/
  9. ^ https://londonairtravel.com/2021/04/09/british-airways-gatwick-short-haul-cancelled-october-2021/
  10. ^ https://press.brusselsairlines.com/brussels-airlines-prepares-for-summer-with-the-reopening-of-attractive-holiday-destinations
  11. ^ a b "Timetable". grecos.pl.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (7 January 2020). "Condor S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 06JAN20". routesonline.com.
  13. ^ "In summer 2021 Condor will fly from Zurich to the most popular vacation destinations". condor-newsroom.condor.com.
  14. ^ https://www.corendonairlines.com/news/basel-flightplan-summer2021
  15. ^ https://www.corendonairlines.com/docs/BSL-FlightPlan-EN.pdf
  16. ^ Liu, Jim. "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  17. ^ "easyJet holidays adds four new routes for summer 2021". ttgmedia.com. 18 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  19. ^ https://www.eurowings.com/en/discover/destinations/new-routes.html
  20. ^ "Tui sends Freebird Europe to Leipzig / Halle - Airbus A320 is stationed in Schkeuditz". lvz.de. 4 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  22. ^ https://www.jet2.com/timetable
  23. ^ a b "LOT will launch 130 connections to several dozen European resorts". 24 June 2020.
  24. ^ "LOT uruchomi na wakacje 130 połączeń do kilkudziesięciu europejskich kurortów". Business Insider. 24 June 2020.
  25. ^ Group, Lufthansa. "Lufthansa is consistently pursuing its tourism strategy: 15 new summer destinations from Frankfurt in 2021". Lufthansa Group.
  26. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  27. ^ "Flight schedule". bgoperator.ru.
  28. ^ https://news.gtp.gr/2021/03/24/ryanair-open-new-bases-corfu-rhodes-crete-summer-2021/
  29. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  30. ^ https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/ryanair-adds-corfu-to-its-network-from-teesside
  31. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  32. ^ "Ryanair Announces New Base At Venice Treviso, 2 Based Aircraft, $200m Investment And 18 New Routes | Ryanair's Corporate Website". corporate.ryanair.com.
  33. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  34. ^ "Only Flight". tui.no.
  35. ^ "Schedule". skyup.aero.
  36. ^ "Flight schedule". smartwings.com.
  37. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Transavia Adds New Eindhoven Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  38. ^ https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/timetable
  39. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Holidays.ie.
  40. ^ a b "Flight plan". tui.be.
  41. ^ volotea (25 October 2016). "VOLOTEA - Bookings, vacations, destinations, flights, routes". Volotea. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  42. ^ "KOS AIRPORT IPPOKRATIS", ypa.gr
  43. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", kgs-airport.gr
  44. ^ "By Public Bus | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  45. ^ "By Taxi | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  46. ^ "By Car | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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