Samos International Airport

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Samos International Airport "Aristarchos of Samos"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος ο Σάμιος»
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SMI is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Statistics (2003)
Domestic arrivals 69,584
Domestic departures 72,628
International arrivals 133,290
International departures 133,545
Source: 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[1] 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Brest, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Albastar Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Astra Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki (PSO)
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Jetairfly Summer seasonal: Brussels[2]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Olympic Air Athens[3]
Sky Express Chios (PSO), Lemnos (PSO), Mytilene (PSO), Rhodes (PSO)
Travel Service
under the SmartWings brand[4]
Seasonal: Prague
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Tus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca[5]
Volotea Seasonal: Venice

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.[6]