Rhodes International Airport

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Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ρόδου "Διαγόρας»
Rhodes airport view from Filerimos.jpg


RHO is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Airport type Public
Owner Greek Government
Operator HCAA
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
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,305 10,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2014, as of November 30th)
Passengers Increase 4,552,056
Aircraft Movements Increase 35,006
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 2014, with 4,552,056 passengers utilizing the airport.[2]


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 1980, 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.

Over the passing years, many improvements have been made to the airport, like expansion of taxiways, platform and airport buildings. The most recent upgrade is the new passenger terminal, which opened in 2005, to better accommodate the growing amount of charters 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 on the runway. Flight were diverted to Athens and the runway was fixed shortly afterwards.



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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens, Munich (ends 14 January 2016), Thessaloniki (ends 14 January 2016)
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen (begins 28 April 2016),[4] Düsseldorf,[5] Frankfurt, Geneva, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille (begins 12 April 2016),[6] Milan-Malpensa (begins 27 June 2016),[7] Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich (resumes 13 May 2016), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vienna, Zürich
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
airBaltic Seasonal: Aalborg, Riga[8]
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino[9]
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Linz, Vienna
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Bergamo,[10] Catania, Rome-Fiumicino
Borajet Seasonal: Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick[11]
Condor Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Amsterdam (begins 15 June 2016)[12]
Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne,[13] Paris-Orly
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki [14]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Germania[15] Seasonal: Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock-Laage
operated by Germania Flug
Seasonal: Zürich
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 25 June 2016),[16] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Meridiana Seasonal: Milan-Linate,[17] Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Verona
Mistral Air Seasonal: Naples
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen
Olympic Air Astypalaia (PSO), Kalymnos (PSO),[18] Karpathos (PSO),[18] Kasos (PSO),[18] Kastelorizo (PSO),[18] Kos (PSO),[18] Leros (PSO), Sitia (PSO),[18]
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Thessaloniki (begins 15 January 2016)
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 27 March 2016)
Ryanair Athens
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Pisa, Stockholm-Skavsta, Weeze (begins 2 June 2016)[19]
Sky Express Chios (PSO),[18] Heraklion, Lemnos (PSO),[18] Mytilene (PSO),[18] Samos (PSO)[18]
operated by Travel Service Airlines[20][21]
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
operated by Travel Service Slovakia[20][21]
Seasonal: Bratislava,[22] Budapest,[23] Košice
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover,[24] Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted,[25] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Belfast International Airport Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin,[26] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUIfly Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
VIM Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[27]
Volotea Seasonal: Venice-Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Catania,[28] Rome-Fiumicino [29]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille

Charter flights[edit]

  • From airport's version: Aerostat[30]
Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Ålesund, Baku, Bari, Beirut, Bergamo, Belgrade, Belfast-International, Birmingham,[31] Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[32] Cuneo, Košice, Luleå, Nantes, Odense, Rostov-on-Don, Östersund, Skellefteå, Tirana
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[33]
airBaltic Seasonal: Pisa
Air Bucharest Seasonal: Bucharest , Sibiu, Timișoara
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Innsbruck
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal: Belgrade
BlueBird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Enter Air Seasonal: Bydgoszcz, Łódź
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Brest, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[34]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
LOT Charters Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin
Novair Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen, Skellefteå, Stockholm-Arlanda, Visby
Orenair Seasonal: Belgorod, Samara[35]
Primera Air Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Sun d'Or International Airlines
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest, Iași
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Liège
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal: Bergen, Borlänge, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Jönköping, Kalmar, Karlstad, Luleå, Malmö, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo-Gardermoen, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Transavia.com Seasonal: Groningen, Maastricht
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal: Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Krasnodar
Wind Rose Aviation Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil

Traffic figures[edit]

Annual Passenger Throughput: 14-year history[2]

Year Flights Passengers Passengers Change
2001 28,100 3,428,175 Increase 0.6%
2002 27,010 3,230,483 Decrease 5.8%
2003 29,119 3,166,070 Decrease 2.0%
2004 29,026 3,036,523 Decrease 4.1%
2005 28,444 3,207,514 Increase 5.6%
2006 30,742 3,491,522 Increase 8.9%
2007 32,776 3,625,962 Increase 3.9%
2008 32,490 3,567,469 Decrease 1.6%
2009 31,680 3,470,111 Decrease 2.7%
2010 31,558 3,586,572 Increase 3.4%
2011 34,662 4,148,386 Increase 15.7%
2012 30,896 3,813,947 Decrease 8.1%
2013 32,624 4,200,059 Increase 10.1%
2014 35,006 4,552,056 Increase 8.4%
2015 7,268 770,027[36]

Ground transport[edit]

By car the airport can be reached via the main road along the west coast (Rhodes-Kamiros Avn.). Rodos city is some 30 minutes driving away. Buses to Rodos city depart regularly and the journey takes about 40 minutes.


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External links[edit]

Media related to Rhodes International Airport at Wikimedia Commons