Samos International Airport

Coordinates: 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167
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Samos International Airport "Aristarchos of Samos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος ο Σάμιος»
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
LocationSamos Island, Greece
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates37°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 (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 69,9%
Aircraft movements3.274
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 47,8%
Sources:HCAA,[2] World Aero Data[3]

Samos International Airport (also known as Aristarchos) (IATA: SMI, ICAO: 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 has a single short runway. The airport's 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. In summer there are often strong Meltemi winds from the north, which further contribute to the difficulty of the landing.

There is one terminal building. 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.[4] In the late 1990s/early 2000s, the terminal was renovated: the capacity of the airport was increased to deal with increasing passenger numbers.

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.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Samos International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Future investment[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Samos.[7]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be started in October 2017 and will be implemented for Samos International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan until 2021:

  • General clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas.
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • Enhancing services and offering a new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airport
  • Expanding and remodeling the current terminal
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • 19 percent increase in the total size of the terminal at 9,605 m2
  • 40 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 10 to 14)
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 4 to 5)
  • 50 percent increase in the number of security lanes (from 2 to 3)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Check-in hall
View of the airport from the west

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Samos Airport:

Aegean Airlines Athens (begins 29 October 2023)[8]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna[9]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[10]
Condor[11] Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa,[12] Verona
Olympic Air Athens (ends 29 October 2023),[8] Thessaloniki
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[13] Gothenburg,[14] Oslo,[15] Stockholm–Arlanda[14]
Sky Express Athens, Chios, Lemnos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Thessaloniki
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Trade Air Seasonal Charter: Ljubljana
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[16] Oslo,[17] Stockholm–Arlanda[16]

Traffic figures[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at SMI airport. See Wikidata query.

The data are from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[18] until 2016, and data from 2017 and later are from the official website of the airport.[19]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 121.370 296.640 418.010
1995 Increase132.269 Increase282.192 Increase414.461
1996 Increase141.864 Decrease264.430 Decrease406.294
1997 Increase149.564 Decrease263.334 Increase412.898
1998 Decrease146.056 Increase277.498 Increase423.554
1999 Increase189.132 Increase314.704 Increase503.836
2000 Decrease180.446 Decrease287.948 Decrease468.394
2001 Decrease154.004 Increase304.686 Decrease458.690
2002 Decrease141.362 Decrease283.488 Decrease424.850
2003 Increase142.212 Decrease266.835 Decrease409.047
2004 Increase153.067 Decrease240.562 Decrease393.629
2005 Increase155.534 Decrease236.593 Decrease392.127
2006 Increase190.879 Increase260.039 Increase450.918
2007 Increase216.605 Increase265.382 Increase481.987
2008 Decrease204.873 Increase266.993 Decrease471.866
2009 Increase216.174 Decrease230.968 Increase447.142
2010 Decrease193.530 Decrease217.035 Decrease410.565
2011 Decrease172.672 Increase236.048 Decrease408.720
2012 Decrease149.664 Decrease214.984 Decrease364.648
2013 Decrease136.641 Decrease207.076 Decrease343.717
2014 Increase151.107 Increase245.201 Increase396.308
2015 Decrease149.302 Increase253.848 Increase403.150
2016 Increase153.240 Decrease193.540 Decrease346.780
2017 Increase161.313 Increase248.972 Increase410.331
2018 Increase159.763 Increase290.128 Increase449.891
2019 Increase168.892 Increase298.503 Increase467.395
2020 Decrease100.669 Decrease43.630 Decrease144.299
2021 Increase131,580 Increase138,718 Increase270,298
2022 Increase174,647 Increase278,617 Increase453,264
2023(Aug) Increase132,410 Increase213,752 Increase346,162

Traffic statistics by country (2022)[edit]

Traffic by country at Samos International Airport – 2022
Place Country Total passengers
1 Greece Greece 174,647
2 Netherlands Netherlands 65,079
3 Germany Germany 59,112
4 Sweden Sweden 27,007
5 Denmark Denmark 23,656
6 Poland Poland 17,803
7 Belgium Belgium 14,944
8 Italy Italy 13,488
9 Norway Norway 13,011
10 Czech Republic Czech Republic 11,849
11 Finland Finland 7,715
12 Slovenia Slovenia 7,625
13 United Kingdom United Kingdom 6,827
14 Switzerland Switzerland 4,282
15 Austria Austria 3,599


Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "METAR/Synop Information for LGSM (16723) in Samos Airport , Greece". Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  2. ^ "SAMOS AIRPORT "ARISTARCHOS OF SAMOS"". Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  3. ^ "World Aero Data: SAMOS -- LGSM". Archived from the original on 5 January 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Samos Airport". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport". Tornos News. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  6. ^ "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Reuters. 14 December 2015. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  8. ^ a b "Aegean Airlines / Olympic Air NW23 Domestic Operation Changes". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (8 November 2019). "Austrian resumes 2 Greek leisure routes in S20".
  10. ^ "Brussels Airlines adds eight new destinations to its Summer 2022 schedule". 18 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (2 January 2019). "Neos schedules new European routes in S19".
  13. ^ "Flight".
  14. ^ a b "Flight".
  15. ^ "Flight".
  16. ^ a b "Only Flight".
  17. ^ "Only Flight".
  19. ^ "SAMOS AIRPORT (SMI) - 2017 vs 2016",
  20. ^ "Traffic by Country_2022_SMI" (PDF). smi-airport.g. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  21. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Shorts 330-200 SX-BGE Samos Airport (SMI)". Retrieved 30 June 2023.