Chania International Airport

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Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania Airport, Schalterhalle.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Owner Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group Joint venture
Serves Chania, Crete
Location Chania, Crete, Greece
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 149 m / 490 ft
Coordinates 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972Coordinates: 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972
CHQ is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,347 10,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 3,010,509
Passenger traffic change Increase 10.0%
Aircraft movements 18,840
Aircraft movements change Increase 6.1%
Source : HCAA[1]

Chania International Airport, "Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQICAO: LGSA) is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri Peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away. Moreover, it is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing number of tourists. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century and is a joint civil–military airport. It is the fifth busiest airport in Greece and 8th in Balkan peninsula in terms of passengers. From 2010 to 2016 has a great increase about 100% in passengers arrivals. The airport is connected with many countries (about 30) from Europe and Asia especially in summer season and with flights connections in Greece and Cyprus whole year. The last season the arrivals of passengers were about 3.000.000.


The focus on civil aviation for the west of Crete has not always been on the current location. It was the airport of Maleme that served civil flights up to 1959, and dating back to the end of Second World War.

Maleme (Military) Airport was constructed by the British Military, shortly before the Second World War. When the war was over, the facility was used as the main public airport of Chania.

In 1959, this activity was transferred to the military airport of Souda. 1967 saw the construction of the first passenger terminal and parking space for two aircraft. In 1974, the airport also began to serve international flights. Because of insufficient capacity, there was the need for a new terminal building. Eventually, in 1996, the new terminal was ready, measuring a surface area of 14,650 square metres (157,700 sq ft), with 6 aircraft stands in front. It has a design capacity of 1.35 million passengers per year. In 2000, it was officially named Ioannis Daskalogiannis.

The airport is also intensively used by the Hellenic Air Force. [2][3]

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

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

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Chania.[6]

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 Ocrober 2017 and will be implemented for Chania International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan until 2021 :

  • Rearranging the terminal’s internal utilization
  • Rearranging the departure gate lounge
  • Expanding the security control area
  • HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline screening
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 8 to 10)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 8)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Lappeenranta[7]
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Manchester
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Air Serbia
under the Aviolet brand
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca[8]
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[9]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels (begins 21 April 2018)
Cobalt Air Seasonal: Larnaca[10]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf[11]
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Munich, Stuttgart[12]
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hanover
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki, Kemi, Oulu
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Zürich
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Kalmar, Norrkoping, Orebro, Vaxjo
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[13]
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bodø, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tromsø, Trondheim, Visby
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen[14]Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Aarhus, Billund, Lappeenranta,[7] Oslo-Gardermoen, Reykjavík, Stockholm
Ryanair Seasonal: Athens, Bergamo, Billund ,[15] Birmingham,[15] Bologna, Bremen, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Hahn, Katowice, Kraków,[16] Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Paphos, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Thessaloniki, Treviso, Vilnius, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Bergen, Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Lulea, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Umea
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Frankfurt[17]
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kalmar, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Travel Service
under the SmartWings brand
Seasonal: Prague
Travel Service (Hungary) Seasonal charter: Budapest[18]
Travel Service Polska Seasonal: Budapest
TUI Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Bristol, London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hanover, Stuttgart
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Karlstadt, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [19] until 2016 and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport.[20]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 204.360 621.986 826.346
1995 Increase220.910 Increase669.516 Increase890.426
1996 Increase244.146 Decrease587.106 Decrease831.252
1997 Increase301.471 Increase622.689 Increase924.160
1998 Decrease292.504 Increase676.687 Increase969.191
1999 Increase414.429 Increase816.045 Increase1.230.474
2000 Increase515.093 Increase901.710 Increase1.416.803
2001 Decrease395.864 Increase1.033.118 Increase1.428.982
2002 Decrease331.521 Increase1.053.058 Decrease1.384.579
2003 Increase413.541 Increase1.066.112 Increase1.479.653
2004 Decrease382.224 Decrease1.064.153 Decrease1.446.377
2005 Increase401.141 Increase1.111.628 Increase1.512.769
2006 Increase437.403 Increase1.323.556 Increase1.760.959
2007 Increase514.318 Increase1.368.516 Increase1.882.834
2008 Increase522.658 Decrease1.343.923 Decrease1.866.581
2009 Increase575.687 Decrease1.219.779 Decrease1.795.466
2010 Decrease468.279 Decrease1.186.585 Decrease1.654.864
2011 Decrease449.211 Increase1.325.497 Increase1.774.708
2012 Decrease397.661 Increase1.435.313 Increase1.832.974
2013 Decrease379.280 Increase1.699.577 Increase2.078.857
2014 Increase578.286 Increase1.869.280 Increase2.447.566
2015 Increase827.190 Decrease1.875.093 Increase2.702.283
2016 Increase880.416 Increase2.072.862 Increase2.953.278
2017* Decrease667.400 Increase1.991.778 Increase2.659.178

*2017 figures are for January – September only


The airport can be easily reached by car via the main road network. The city of Chania is about 20 minutes drive away. Other than by car, the facility is linked by airport buses to the city of Chania, from where transfer to other buses is possible. Passengers can also take a taxi to any destination across the island.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT "I. DASKALOGIANNIS"". Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of Maleme - Maleme Airfield - German War Cemetery at Maleme". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Greek Airports Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  7. ^ a b Departing flights
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Flight timetables search". Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cobalt". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  12. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings expands Stuttgart service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Luxair Adds New Leisure Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Flight Timetables – Oslo Airport". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Chania / Thessaloniki service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Poland service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Flugplan - SunExpress". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  18. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Travel Service Hungary Adds New Routes in S15". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT (CHQ) - 2017 vs 2016",

External links[edit]

Media related to Chania International Airport at Wikimedia Commons