New Paros Airport
Paros National Airport
"Panteleou Paros Airport"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Πάρου
"Παντελαίειο Αεροδρόμιο Πάρου"
|Elevation AMSL||125 ft / 38 m|
Paros National Airport (IATA: PAS, ICAO: LGPA) is the airport serving the island of Paros, Greece, in the Cyclades islands region. The airport is located in the southwestern part of the island, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the port of Parikia. It replaced the Old Paros National Airport on 25 July 2016.
The old airport of Paros, which was situated a few kilometers to the south, was operational since 1982. Its 710-meter runway was sufficient for its time, but over years, passenger numbers grew making the use of larger aircraft necessary. Although these aircraft could serve various Greek airports, Paros airport was not one of them. The reason was that it had a short runway. It was finally decided that there should be a new airport for the island. The new airport opened in 2016 taking over all operations of the old airport. It has a wider, 1,400 meter runway and larger aircraft can use it. The types that fly to the airport currently are the following: Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 of Olympic Air, ATR 42/72 of Sky Express (Greece), BAe 146 & ATR 42/72 of Astra Airlines and B737-700 of Travel Service.
Since 8 June 2018, Smartwings, a Czech charter airline, is the first operator to regularly fly with a medium-sized jet to Paros. The flight is operated with a fuel stop at Santorini Airport on the return leg, due to no fuel being available at Paros.
On November 11, 2020 it was announced that funding of over €43m was guaranteed to complete the airport and serve international destinations. Works will include a new terminal of 12.000m2, an extended runway of 1799m, a new control tower and other facilities. Works will start on June 2021 and are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.
Airlines and destinations
|Olympic Air||Athens |
Other than car, the airport is linked to the city of Parikia by bus from the nearby bus station. There are also taxis available to any destination on the island.
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- "PAROS AIRPORT". Retrieved 18 February 2015.