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Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ρόδος "Διαγόρας"
Rhodes airport view from Filerimos.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport Greece
Hub forOlympic Air
Focus city forAegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates36°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
RHO is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,305 10,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 5.0%
Aircraft movements38,669
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 4.3%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ρόδου "Διαγόρας"), or Diagoras International Airport (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP), is located on the West side of the island of Rhodes in Greece. The facility is located just north of the village Paradeisi, about 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rodos. Rhodes International Airport was the fourth busiest airport in Greece as of 2017, with 5,301,517 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 surrounding airports such as Kos and Heraklion as well as 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.



Rhodes Airport terminal is actually 2 separate buildings with a joined corridor in the middle. Departures are served both in ground (check-ins, baggage checks) and first floor (passenger screening, gates, shops) while arrivals are served only in ground floor's southern corner where passport control, customs and baggage reclaim operate. Airport does not have air bridges so embarkments and disembarkments require the use of buses.

Both terminals are and will be under renovations for the next couple of years from Fraport as a series of chronic problems need to be addressed. Toilets and air conditioning system were first to be fixed while more complicated works including new check in facilities that will eliminate double checks for baggage as well interior remodeling will proceed gradually during low traffic winter months.

Airport also hosts all necessary services such as a police station, a medical clinic, airline and handlers offices, rent-a-car and tour operators kiosks, VIP halls as well recently refurbished duty free shops, cafes and restaurants.


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. Tarmac can accommodate up to 14 airplanes simultaneously and up to A380. New parking spots as well rearrangements on airplanes' parking patterns engaging ground vehicles is expected to increase capacity.

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 started in November 2017 and will be implemented for Rhodes International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan: Immediate actions that were implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece took over operations and before the launch of the 2017 Summer season included:

  • 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
  • Remodeling the current terminal
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • New fire station
  • 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
  • 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
  • 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
  • 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Adria Airways Seasonal Charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Ålesund, Beirut, Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[7] Copenhagen,[8] Cuneo, Košice, Luleå, Molde,[9] Odense, Oslo–Gardermoen, Östersund, Skellefteå, Trondheim, Wrocław, Yerevan
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[10]
Air Bucharest Seasonal Charter: Bucharest
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino[11]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal Charter: Graz, Innsbruck,[12] Linz
Aviolet Seasonal Charter: Belgrade
Belavia Seasonal Charter: Minsk[13]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Blu-express Seasonal: Bergamo,[14] Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick[15]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[16]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Europe[17] Seasonal: Billund, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Graz , Hannover, Joensuu, Leipzig/Halle, Linz , Munich (begins 16 August 2019), Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Oulu (begins 7 October 2019),[18] Stockholm[18] Stuttgart (begins 8 August 2019)
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris–Orly, Venice
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Athens, Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasonal Charter: Katowice, Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, London–Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg,[19] Hannover,[20] Munich, Salzburg, Stuttgart[21]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Great Dane Airlines Seasonal: Aalborg
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jet TimeSeasonal Charter: Halmstad
Lauda Seasonal: Düsseldorf[22]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Katowice
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Middle East Airlines Seasonal Charter: Beirut
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona[23]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal Charter: Trondheim
Novair Seasonal Charter: Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Olympic Air Kastellorizo
RoyalFlight Seasonal Charter: Kazan,[24] Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[24] Rostov-on-Don-Platov,[25] Samara[24]
Ryanair Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel,[26] Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Manchester, Naples,[citation needed] Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Stockholm–Skavsta
Ryanair Sun Seasonal Charter: Gdańsk, Katowice,[27] Poznań,[27] Wrocław[27]
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo[28]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal Charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Sky Express Astypalaia (PSO), Chios (PSO), Heraklion, Kalymnos (PSO), Karpathos (PSO), Kasos (PSO), Kos (PSO), Lemnos (PSO), Leros (PSO), Mytilene (PSO), Samos (PSO)
Seasonal: Sitia[29]
Smartwings Seasonal: Brno, Košice, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Seasonal charter: Lille, Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Smartwings Hungary Seasonal: Budapest[30]
Smartwings Poland Seasonal Charter: Wrocław
Smartwings Slovakia Seasonal: Bratislava
Sun D'Or Seasonal Charter: Tel Aviv
Sundair Seasonal: Bremen (begins 31 August 2019), Dresden
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover,[31] Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg,[32] Stuttgart
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted (ends 30 October 2019),[33] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal Charter: Borlänge, Helsinki, Jönköping, Karlstad, Luleå, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen,[34] Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[35]
Seasonal Charter: Dublin[36]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal Charter: Dole,[37] Strasbourg[37]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal Charter: Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen
Tus Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Ural Airlines Seasonal Charter: St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg[24]
Volotea Seasonal: Athens, Palermo,[38] Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[39]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal Charter: Kiev–Boryspil[40]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest

Traffic figures[edit]

Figures are taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [41] until 2016 and since 2017 from the official website of the airport.[42]

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 Increase868,459 Increase4,432,764 Increase5,301,223
2018 Decrease829,475 Increase4,738,273 Increase5,567,748
2019 (Jan-Jul) Decrease448.900 Decrease2.447.372 Decrease2.896.272

To and From the airport[edit]

By Public Bus:[43] Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Rhodes (No 23-35) servicing in between Ixia, Ialysos and Kremasti as well between the airport and villages further to the west coast like Paradeisi, Tholos, Soroni etc. Bus stop is located between the new and the old terminal. Tickets can be purchased either from designated vendors (kiosks, cafes, shops) or directly from the bus driver with a small fee on nominal price.

For more Information please contact: http://desroda.gr/

By Taxi:[44] Taxi service is available outside Rhodes Airport arrivals hall. The journey from the Airport to the city of Rhodes varies between 25 and 50 minutes depending on traffic conditions and the fare is normally €25. Taxi rank has a big board indicating fixed prices depending on passengers' destination. You may be charged extra, if you carry many pieces of luggage.

By Car:[45] Rhodes Airport is located 14 km from the city of Rhodes and is easily accessible from the provincial road Rhodes-Kamiros (many times incorrectly indicated as Ialisou-Katavias). The journey to and from the city centre takes about 25–50 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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  42. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", rho-airport.gr
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  44. ^ "By Taxi | Rhodes Airport (RHO)". www.rho-airport.gr. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  45. ^ "By Car | Rhodes Airport (RHO)". www.rho-airport.gr. Retrieved 12 August 2017.

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