Mytilene International Airport

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Mytilene International Airport

Odysseas Elytis

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Μυτιλήνης "Οδυσσέας Ελύτης"
Mitilini airport logo.svg
Air Berlin am Mitilini-Airport.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek government
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
ServesLesbos
LocationMytilene, Greece
Elevation AMSL60 ft / 18 m
Coordinates39°03′24″N 026°35′54″E / 39.05667°N 26.59833°E / 39.05667; 26.59833Coordinates: 39°03′24″N 026°35′54″E / 39.05667°N 26.59833°E / 39.05667; 26.59833
Websitemjt-airport.gr
Map
MJT is located in Greece
MJT
MJT
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 7,894 2,406 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers496,577
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 4.1%
Aircraft movements6,571
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 6.7%
Sources: Fraport Greece,[1] World Aero Data[2][3]

Mytilene International Airport "Odysseas Elytis" (IATA: MJT, ICAO: LGMT) is the international airport of Mytilene, the capital of the Greek island Lesbos.

History[edit]

The airport began to operate in 1948 however it was 1980 before the first charter flight landed.[3]

Aegean plane in Mytilini airport

In December 2015, the privatisation of Mytilene 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 Mytilene International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Facilities[edit]

The airport has one small terminal that services both International and Domestic flights. The airport is 8 kilometres from Mytilene. It was established in 1948 with an unpaved runway of 1200 meters long and 30 meters wide. Over the years the runway was paved and in 2000 the latest runway extension to 2400 meters was made. The airport has a duty-free shop, café-bar and two car rental agencies.[6]

On the northern side of the south apron Mytilene Airclub is located.

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 Mytilene.[7]

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 a 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 Mytilene International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan until 2021:

  • New terminal
  • New fire station
  • New waste water treatment plant
  • New airport apron area
  • 185 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 7,185 m2
  • 29 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 7 to 9)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Corendon Dutch AirlinesSeasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen[8]
EurowingsSeasonal: Vienna
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Jet2.comSeasonal: Birmingham (begins 6 May 2021),[9] London-Stansted (begins 6 May 2021), Manchester (begins 2 May 2021)[10]
Olympic Air Athens, Thessaloniki
Sky Express Athens, Chios, Lemnos, Rhodes, Samos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
SmartwingsSeasonal: Prague
Smartwings PolandSeasonal charter: Katowice,[11] Warsaw-Chopin[11]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[12]
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam

Traffic figures[edit]

The data are from the official website of the airport.[13]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2017 332,370 103,626 435,996
2018 Increase344,257 Increase132,799 Increase477,056
2019 Increase362,759 Increase133,818 Increase496,577
2020 (Aug) Decrease140.613 Decrease12.777 Decrease153.390

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MYTILINI AIRPORT "OD.ELYTIS"". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "MYTILINI AIRPORT "OD.ELYTIS"". ypa.gr. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  8. ^ http://www.corendon.com/en-EN/ticket-mytilene
  9. ^ https://www.anna.aero/2020/03/26/jet2-announce-two-new-routes-from-birmingham-to-be-2-base/
  10. ^ https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/347948/jet2-expands-summer-2020-network-to-greece
  11. ^ a b "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Flight". spies.dk.
  13. ^ [2]