Santorini (Thira) International Airport
|Santorini International Airport
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης
|Operator||Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture|
|Elevation AMSL||127 ft / 39 m|
Santorini (Thira) International Airport is an airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece (IATA: JTR, ICAO: LGSR), located north of the village of Kamari. The airport serves both as a military and as a civil airport. With its relatively small apron, the airport is only able to serve up to 6 civilian planes at the same time. The tower (freq. 118.05) also serves as approach / departure, up to FL170.
Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport. It is about 6 km southeast of the centre of Thira. The main asphalt runway (16L-34R) is 6972 feet/2125m in length. The parallel taxiway was built to runway specification (16R-34L). It can accommodate Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 series, Avro RJ, Fokker 70, and ATR 72. Scheduled airlines include Ryanair, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, with seasonal scheduled and charter flights from other airlines during the higher seasons in spring, summer and fall. Transportation to and from the air terminal is through buses, taxis, hotel car-pickups and rental cars.
The airport first operated in 1972.
In December 2015 the privatisation of Santorini (Thira) 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. "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters. According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Santorini (Thira) International Airport) for 40 years as of 11th April 2017.
Future of the airport
On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the Santorini International Airport.
Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the summer season 2017 include: :
- 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
The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be implemented for Santorini International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan until 2021 :
- Expanding and remodelling the current terminal
- New fire station
- Reorganizing the airport apron area
- 236 percent increase in total terminal space at 15,640 m2, by replacing part of the current terminal and constructing a new terminal
- 113 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 17)
- Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)
- 20 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 5 to 6)
- 250 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 7)
Airlines and destinations
*2017 figures are for January–May only
- Jeppesen aerodrome charts
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