Rhodes International Airport

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


RHO is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Airport type Public
Owner Greek state
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
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 (2015)
Passengers 4,579,023
Passenger traffic change Increase 0.6%
Aircraft movements 34,434
Aircraft movements change Decrease 1.6%
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. 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Düsseldorf,[6] Frankfurt, Geneva, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille,[7] Milan-Malpensa,[7] Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Venice-Marco Polo, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Ålesund, Baku, Bari, Beirut, Bergamo, Belgrade, Belfast-International, Birmingham,[8] Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[9] Copenhagen,[10] Cuneo, Košice, Luleå, Maribor Airport, Nantes, Odense, Rostov-on-Don, Östersund, Skellefteå, Tirana
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
Air Europa Seasonal: Barcelona[11]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[12]
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Sibiu, Timișoara
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino[13]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Linz, Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Innsbruck
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg
BH Air Seasonal charter: Sofia[14]
Belavia Seasonal: Minsk-National
BlueBird Airways Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Bergamo,[15] Bologna, Catania, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal charter: Pisa
Borajet Seasonal: Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick[16]
Condor Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris-Orly
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Bydgoszcz, Łódź
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Brest, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[17]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg[18]
Germania[19] Seasonal: Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zürich
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern
Jet2.com Birmingham (begins 27 April 2017)[20]
Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
LOT Charters Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Luxair Seasonal charter: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Verona
Middle East Airlines Seasonal charter: Beirut
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari (begins 26 July 2016),[21] Naples
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna
Nordwind Airlines / Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen, Skellefteå, Stockholm-Arlanda, Visby
Olympic Air Astypalaia (PSO), Kalymnos (PSO),[22] Karpathos (PSO),[22] Kasos (PSO),[22] Kastelorizo (PSO),[22] Kos (PSO),[22] Leros (PSO), Sitia (PSO),[22]
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Seasonal: Heraklion
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Stockholm-Arlanda
RoyalFlight Seasonal charter: Belgorod, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Ufa, Volgograd
Ryanair Athens
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Pisa, Stockholm-Skavsta, Weeze
S7 Airlines Seasonal:Moscow-Domodedovo[23]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Sky Express Chios (PSO),[22] Heraklion, Lemnos (PSO),[22] Mytilene (PSO),[22] Samos (PSO)[22]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
operated by Travel Service Airlines[24][25]
Seasonal: Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
operated by Travel Service Slovakia[24][25]
Seasonal: Bratislava,[26] Budapest,[27] Košice
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover,[28] Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Iași
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted,[29] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels, Liège
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Bergen, Borlänge, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Jönköping, Kalmar, Karlstad, Luleå, Malmö, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo-Gardermoen, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin,[30] East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 6 May 2017), Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Seasonal charter: Groningen, Maastricht
Transavia France Seasonal: Lyon,[31] Paris-Orly[31]
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal charter: Budapest
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUIfly Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Tus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg
Volotea Seasonal: Venice-Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Catania,[32] Rome-Fiumicino[33]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil[34]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille

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 34,434 4,579,023 Increase 0.6%

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jeppesen aerodrome charts
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  4. ^ "Tornos News | Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport". tornosnews.gr. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Reuters Editorial. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport | Reuters". uk.reuters.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
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  13. ^ "Alitalia - Biglietti aerei - Voli nazionali e internazionali". alitalia.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Airlines | Летище София". sofia-airport.bg. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Blu Express Adds New Milan Bergamo – Greece Seasonal Routes Jul – Sep 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "British Airways Announce Summer London Gatwick – Rhodes Service.". The BA Source. 15 May 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.europeairpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Destinations-desservies-vols-loisirs-Europe-Airpost-Saison-ete-2013.pdf
  18. ^ "Eurowings - Günstige Flüge online buchen". germanwings.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Germania Flight Schedule / 30.12.2014 - 01.11.2015" (PDF). Germania. 
  20. ^ "Jet2.com Adds Birmingham Routes in S17". routesonline. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Mistral Air". mistralair.it. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
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  23. ^ "S7 Airlines opens flights to Rhodes". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "SmartWings Contact". smartwings.com. 
  25. ^ a b "SmartWings Flight schedule". smartwings.com. 
  26. ^ "Smartwings Expands Bratislava Service in S15 :: Routesonline". airlineroute.net. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Smartwings Plans Hungary Operations June – Sep 2015 :: Routesonline". airlineroute.net. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  28. ^ "Flugplan | sunexpress.com". sunexpress.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  29. ^ Cheap holidays, Package Holidays, Hotels, Flights. Thomas Cook (7 December 2011).
  30. ^ Falcon | Holidays | Book amazing value package holiday deals online with Falcon. Falconholidays.ie.
  31. ^ a b "Transavia France Planned New Routes in S16 :: Routesonline". airlineroute.net. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  32. ^ "Cheap flights, hotel deals, rental car | vueling.com". vueling.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  33. ^ "Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome". Vuelingnews.com. 20 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "WindRose S16 Planned Operations :: Routesonline". airlineroute.net. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rhodes International Airport at Wikimedia Commons