Samos International Airport

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Samos International Airport "Aristarchos of Samos"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος ο Σάμιος»
Airport Samos.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Serves Vathy
Location Samos Island, Greece
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167Coordinates: 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167
SMI is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 403,150
Passenger traffic change Increase 1.7%
Aircraft movements 5,378
Aircraft movements change Increase 5.8%
Sources:HCAA,[1] World Aero Data [1]

Samos International Airport (also known as Aristarchos) (IATA: SMIICAO: LGSM) is an airport on Samos Island, Greece.

The airport is named after Aristarchos of Samos, an ancient astronomer and mathematician, and lies within 5 km from the nearby town of Pythagorio. The airport features a single short runway serving both arrivals and departures. The airports surroundings leave little room for error or mistake on the behalf of the pilots – with nearby mountains and sea at the end of the short runway. There are often strong Meltemi winds blowing from the north during the summer months which further contribute to the difficulty of the landing. There is only one terminal within the airport. There are five boarding gates, none of which have jet-bridges. Passenger facilities are split across two floors and include a duty-free shop and a small café.


The airport first operated in May 1976[2] and during the late 1990s/early 2000s, the terminal was renovated – the capacity of the airport was increased to deal with increasing passenger numbers and the terminal was renovated.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Samos 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.[3] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[4] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Samos International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Brest, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Berlin Seasonal: Zürich
Albastar Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Astra Airlines Athens,[5][6] Thessaloniki (PSO)
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 30 May 2017)[7]Munich(begins 30 May 2017)
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Eurowings Seasonal: Vienna
Germania Seasonal: London-Gatwick,[8] Nuremberg [9]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen,Orebro,Vaxjo
Niki Seasonal: Dusseldorf
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal Charter:Bergen
Olympic Air Athens,[10] Thessaloniki[11]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter:Gothenburg,Oslo-Gardermoen,Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda,Trondheim
Sky Express Chios (PSO), Rhodes (PSO), Thessaloniki
operated by Travel Service[12]
Seasonal: Prague
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Travel Service Polska Seasonal Charter: Katowice,Warsaw-Chopin
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Tus Air Seasonal: Larnaca[13]
Volotea Seasonal: Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 3 August 1989, Olympic Aviation Flight 545 crashed into Mount Kerkis while on approach to Samos Airport. All 34 passengers and crew perished in the accident.[14]

See also[edit]