Rhodes International Airport

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Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"
Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ρόδου "Διαγόρας»
Rhodes Airport logo.png
Rhodes airport view from Filerimos.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Greek state
Operator Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (until 15/3/2017)
Serves Rodos
Location Paradisi
Hub for Olympic Air
Focus city for Aegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL 6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates 36°24′19.51″N 28°05′10.29″E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917Coordinates: 36°24′19.51″N 28°05′10.29″E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917
Website www.rho-airport.gr
RHO is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,305 10,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 5,007,159
Passenger traffic change Increase 9.3%
Aircraft movements 35,889
Aircraft movements change Increase 4.2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Rhodes International Airport, "Diagoras" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ρόδου, "Διαγόρας") or Diagoras International Airport (IATA: RHOICAO: LGRP) is located on the West side of the island of Rhodes in Greece. The facility is located just north of the village Paradisi, about 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rodos. Rhodes International Airport was the fourth busiest airport in Greece as of 2016, with 5,007,159 passengers utilizing the airport.[2]


Check-in at Rhodes Airport

Civil aviation on Rhodes started after the Second World War, on the location of the nearby military Rhodes Maritsa Airport.

This was the island's main airport until 1977, when the new Rhodes International Airport was opened. The need for a new facility was big, as the 'old' Maritsa airport did not meet the needs for a modern civil airport. The new "Diagoras" airport was built in 1977. It was decided that, on this location, it would meet the needs of the island better.

Improvements have been made to the airport, like expansion of taxiways, platform and airport buildings. The most recent upgrade is a new passenger terminal, opened in 2005, to accommodate the growing number of charter flights and passengers. The airport's plants currently cover a total area of 60,000 m2[3]

In 2015, Rhodes Airport was closed for 14 hours after a 'sinkhole' appeared in the runway. Flights were diverted to Athens and the runway was fixed and reopened shortly afterwards.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Rhodes 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 Rhodes International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.



The airport's single runway direction is 070/250, having a length of 3,306 meters and a width of 60 meters. There are six taxiways connecting the runway with the terminal.

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 Rhodes.[6]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be started in November 2017 and will be implemented for Rhodes International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan : 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 :

  1. ) General clean-up
  2. ) Improving lighting, marking of airside areas.
  3. ) Upgrading sanitary facilities
  4. ) Enhancing services and offering new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  5. ) Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports
  6. ) Remodeling the current terminal
  7. ) Reorganizing the airport apron area
  8. ) New fire station
  9. ) 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
  10. ) 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
  11. ) 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
  12. ) 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana,
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[7] Frankfurt, Geneva, Larnaca, Lyon (begins 8 April 2018),[8] Marseille,[9] Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Ålesund, Beirut, Belgrade, Bucharest, Cluj–Napoca,[10] Copenhagen,[11] Cuneo, Košice, Luleå, Odense, Östersund, Skellefteå, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Wrocław, Yerevan
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[12]
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome–Fiumicino[13]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal Charter: Manchester
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Innsbruck,[14] Linz
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Azur Air (Germany) Charter: Düsseldorf
BlueBird Airways Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Bergamo,[15] Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick[16]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[17]
Condor Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn (begins 30 April 2018),[18] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen (begins 14 April 2018)
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle, Paris–Orly, Venice (begins 25 June 2018)
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Enter Air Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Munich
operated by Eurowings Europe
Salzburg (begins 3 May 2018)[19]
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Hannover (begins 1 May 2018) [20], Stuttgart[21]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Dredsen, Hamburg[22]
Germania Seasonal: Berlin Schönefeld (begins 1 May 2018), Berlin-Tegel (begins 1 May 2018)[23] Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zurich (begins 1 May 2018)[24]
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Naples
Seasonal charter: Verona
Middle East Airlines Seasonal charter: Beirut
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari, Naples
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm
Seasonal charter:London-Gatwick, Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air Kastellorizo
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Karup ,[25] Stockholm-Arlanda
RoyalFlight Seasonal charter: Rostov-on-Don-Platov (begins 29 May 2018),[26] Perm
Ryanair Athens
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Pisa, Stockholm-Skavsta
S7 Airlines Seasonal:Moscow–Domodedovo[27]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Sky Express Astypalaia, Chios, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Lemnos, Leros, Mytilene, Samos
Seasonal: Sitia[28]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter:Graz, London–Gatwick
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal charter: Wrocław[29]
operated by Travel Service[30][31]
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
operated by Travel Service Slovakia[30][31]
Seasonal: Bratislava,[32] Budapest,[33] Košice
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover,[34] Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg,[35] Stuttgart
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Iași
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted,[36] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Borlänge, Helsinki, Jönköping, Karlstad, Luleå, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal charter: Budapest
TUI Airways Seasonal: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[37]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Dole,[38] Strasbourg[38]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam (begins 22 April 2018)
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen
Tus Air Seasonal: Haifa,[39] Larnaca
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: St. Petersburg
Volotea Seasonal: Palermo (begins 27 June 2018)[40], Venice–Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Catania,[41] Rome–Fiumicino[42]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[43]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [44] until 2016 and since 2017 from the official website of the airport.[45]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 380,072 2,111,714 2,491,786
1995 Increase419,701 Decrease1,924,922 Decrease2,344,623
1996 Increase477,396 Decrease1,764,121 Decrease2,241,517
1997 Increase559,768 Increase1,955,527 Increase2,515,295
1998 Decrease535,284 Increase2,137,028 Increase2,672,312
1999 Increase638,389 Increase2,653,129 Increase3,291,518
2000 Increase720,560 Increase2,686,490 Increase3,407,050
2001 Decrease682,469 Increase2,745,706 Increase3,428,175
2002 Decrease628,837 Decrease2,601,646 Decrease3,230,483
2003 Increase689,315 Decrease2,476,755 Decrease3,166,070
2004 Increase697,873 Decrease2,338,650 Decrease3,036,523
2005 Increase750,476 Increase2,457,038 Increase3,207,514
2006 Increase809,965 Increase2,681,557 Increase3,491,522
2007 Increase839,326 Increase2,786,636 Increase3,625,962
2008 Increase843,529 Decrease2,723,940 Decrease3,567,469
2009 Decrease826,677 Decrease2,643,434 Decrease3,470,111
2010 Decrease736,566 Increase2,850,006 Increase3,586,572
2011 Decrease676,463 Increase3,471,923 Increase4,148,386
2012 Decrease600,167 Decrease3,213,780 Decrease3,813,947
2013 Increase626,594 Increase3,573,465 Increase4,200,059
2014 Increase691,040 Increase3,861,016 Increase4,552,056
2015 Increase793,025 Decrease3,785,998 Increase4,579,023
2016 Increase848,878 Increase4,093,508 Increase4,942,386
2017* Increase808,265 Increase4,428,636 Increase5,236,901

*2017 figures are for January – November only

To and From the airport[46][edit]

By Public Bus:[47] Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Rhodes (No 23-35). Bus stop is located between the new and the old terminal. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

For more Information please contact: http://www.ktelrodou.gr/en/genika/arkhike.html

By Taxi:[48] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Rhodes Airport Terminal building. The journey from the Airport to the city of Rhodes is about 20–30 minutes and the fare is normally €25. You may be charged extra, if you carry many pieces of luggage.

By Car:[49] Rhodes Airport is located 14 km from the city of Rhodes and is easily accessible from the provincial road Ialisou-Katavias. The journey to and from the city centre takes about 20–30 minutes, depending on traffic.

For directions using a GPS device, find below the physical street address and the geographical coordinates of Rhodes Airport. All you need to do is enter the following information in your GPS device.

Airport Latitude and Longitude: 36°24'7.76"N28° 5'26.33"E

Airport physical address: Rhodes Airport, Paradisi, Rhodes 851 06

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

Media related to Rhodes International Airport at Wikimedia Commons