Kos International Airport

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Kos International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω
Kos airport logo.svg
Airport Kos GR Fraport 2021.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 (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 70.1%
Aircraft movements7,994
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 59.6%

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]

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

Aegean Airlines[5] Athens
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[6]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
ArkiaSeasonal: Tel Aviv
Austrian AirlinesSeasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest (begins 2 June 2023)[7]
Bluebird AirwaysSeasonal: Tel Aviv
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick,[8] London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[9]
Buzz[10] Seasonal charter: Katowice
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Berlin,[11] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna,[12] Zürich[13]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[14][15] Billund,[16] Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen,[16] Hannover,[17] Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels,[18] Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool,[19] London–Gatwick, Lyon,[20] Manchester,[21] Milan–Malpensa, Naples,[22] Venice[23]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air[24] Seasonal charter: Gdańsk,[10] Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Friedrichshafen, Graz, Linz[25]
EurowingsSeasonal: Berlin,[26] Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Salzburg, Stuttgart
Seasonal charter: Innsbruck[27]
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Paderborn/Lippstadt
Seasonal charter: Cologne/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle[28]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal : Bern, Zürich
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol,[29] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Wrocław[30]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[31]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo,[32] Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Verona[33]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen,[34] Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Olympic Air Thessaloniki
RyanairSeasonal: Bari, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino, Treviso, Vienna
Scandinavian AirlinesSeasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stavanger,[35] Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky ExpressAstypalaia, Athens, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Leros, Rhodes
Seasonal: Amsterdam
Smartwings[36] Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Warsaw-Chopin
SundairSeasonal: Berlin, Bremen,[37] Dresden, Düsseldorf[37]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague[38]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield (ends 26 October 2022),[39] East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London–Luton,[40] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[41]
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels, Deauville, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly DeutschlandSeasonal: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Tus Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv[42]
Widerøe Seasonal charter: Oslo
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest,[43] 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(Aug) Increase173,924 Increase1,782,860 Increase1,956,784

Ground transport[edit]

By public bus:[47] 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:[48] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Kos Airport Terminal building.

By car:[49] 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. ^ "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Reuters. 14 December 2015. 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. ^ "AirBaltic adds new flights – total of 96 routes in 2021".
  7. ^ "Cheap Flight Ticket Deals ✈️ Low Cost Flights | Blue Air".
  8. ^ "British Airways Announces Routes and Starts Selling Seats for ITS New Gatwick Short-Haul Subsidiary".
  9. ^ "Brussels Airlines prepares for summer with the reopening of attractive holiday destinations".
  10. ^ a b "Timetable". grecos.pl.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (7 January 2020). "Condor S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 06JAN20". routesonline.com.
  12. ^ "Η Condor ξεκινά πτήσεις από τη Βιέννη προς Ρόδο και Κω - Δημοκρατική της Ρόδου". 16 November 2021.
  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[dead link]
  15. ^ https://www.corendonairlines.com/docs/BSL-FlightPlan-EN.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  16. ^ a b "Head to the sun with Corendon Airlines. - Corendon Airlines".
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  18. ^ "Corendon significantly expands its offer on the Belgian market: 22 destinations from Brussels, 9 from Maastricht". 14 March 2022.
  19. ^ https://www.easyjet.com/en/[bare URL]
  20. ^ "Envolez-vous en direction de Kos cet été | Lyon Aéroport".
  21. ^ "easyJet holidays adds four new routes for summer 2021". ttgmedia.com. 18 December 2020.
  22. ^ https://www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/naples/kos[bare URL]
  23. ^ https://www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/venice-marco-polo/kos[bare URL]
  24. ^ "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  25. ^ https://www.linz-airport.com/Flugplan/Charter_Sommer.pdf[bare URL PDF]
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  27. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ "Tui sends Freebird Europe to Leipzig / Halle - Airbus A320 is stationed in Schkeuditz". lvz.de. 4 October 2019.
  29. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  30. ^ "LOT will launch 130 connections to several dozen European resorts". 24 June 2020.
  31. ^ "Lufthansa is consistently pursuing its tourism strategy: 15 new summer destinations from Frankfurt in 2021". Lufthansa Group.
  32. ^ "Low Cost Flights to Greece".
  33. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  34. ^ https://www.norwegian.com/en/destinations/[bare URL]
  35. ^ "Only Flight". tui.no.
  36. ^ "Flight schedule". smartwings.com.
  37. ^ a b https://www.sundair.com/flightplan/#/
  38. ^ "Transavia Adds New Eindhoven Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  39. ^ "Doncaster Sheffield Airport to close despite financial lifeline offer". BBC News. 26 September 2022.
  40. ^ "Flight Timetable | TUI Airways".
  41. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  42. ^ "Visit Tel Aviv | Tus Airways". 17 March 2022.
  43. ^ "WIZZ – Dream more. Live more. Be more".
  44. ^ "Wizz Air launches 9 new routes across Europe!".
  45. ^ "KOS AIRPORT IPPOKRATIS", ypa.gr
  46. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", kgs-airport.gr
  47. ^ "By Public Bus | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  48. ^ "By Taxi | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  49. ^ "By Car | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 24 June 2017.

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