Santorini (Thira) International Airport

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Santorini International Airport
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης
Santorini Airport.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner Greek State
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Location Kamari
Elevation AMSL 127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333Coordinates: 36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333
Website Santorini Airport
JTR is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 6,972 2,125 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 1,495,890
Passenger traffic change Increase 26.8%
Aircraft movements 12,576
Aircraft movements change Increase 20.2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Santorini (Thira) International Airport is an airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece (IATA: JTRICAO: 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.


Kamari town and Santorini International Airport

The airport first operated in 1972.[3]

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.[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 Santorini (Thira) International Airport) for 40 years as of 11th April 2017.

Future of the airport[edit]

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the Santorini International Airport.[6]

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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Larnaca
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Vienna
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London-City
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome-Fiumicino
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt,[7] Munich, Stuttgart
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Stuttgart[8]
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Vienna
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Seasonal: Hamburg
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Naxos Air[9] Naxos
Meridiana Seasonal: Naples
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Olympic Air Athens
Olympic Air
operated by Aegean Airlines
Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Ryanair Athens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Sky Express Seasonal: Athens
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin[10]
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Seasonal: Athens, Bari, Genoa, Nantes, Bordeaux[11] Naples, Palermo, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence, Rome-Fiumicino
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [12] until 2016 and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport[13].

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 175.152 225.896 401.048
1995 Increase188.461 Increase257.978 Increase446.439
1996 Increase188.778 Decrease246.680 Decrease435.458
1997 Increase208.195 Increase263.735 Increase471.930
1998 Increase209.505 Increase286.809 Increase496.314
1999 Increase225.160 Increase353.193 Increase578.353
2000 Increase302.072 Increase373.428 Increase675.500
2001 Decrease288.084 Increase387.659 Increase675.743
2002 Decrease221.040 Decrease357.797 Decrease578.837
2003 Decrease207.695 Decrease326.232 Increase533.927
2004 Increase245.577 Decrease302.564 Increase548.141
2005 Increase269.371 Increase341.913 Increase611.284
2006 Increase316.973 Increase361.262 Increase678.235
2007 Increase359.950 Increase386.724 Increase746.674
2008 Increase360.670 Increase371.484 Increase732.154
2009 Increase356.040 Decrease343.068 Decrease699.108
2010 Decrease354.872 Increase367.283 Increase722.155
2011 Increase377.473 Increase408.074 Increase785.547
2012 Decrease358.468 Decrease405.071 Decrease763.539
2013 Increase403.687 Increase494.466 Increase898.153
2014 Increase548.274 Increase631.534 Increase1.179.808
2015 Increase771.193 Increase724.697 Increase1.495.890
2016 Increase897.231 Increase788.464 Increase1.685.695
2017* Increase288.892 Increase114.646 Increase403.538

*2017 figures are for January–May only

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External links[edit]

Media related to Santorini Airport at Wikimedia Commons