Santorini (Thira) International Airport

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Santorini International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης
Santorini Airport.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek State
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Elevation AMSL127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates36°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
WebsiteSantorini Airport
JTR is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 6,972 2,125 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 16.8%
Aircraft movements20,360
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 19.5%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

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, as of 2018 the airport is only able to serve up to 6 civilian planes at the same time. Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport.

The airport is located about 6 km southeast of the centre of the city of Thira. The main asphalt runway (16L-34R) is 6972 feet/2125m in length. The parallel taxiway was built to runway specification and is labeled 16R-34L. The airfield can accommodate medium sized jets like the Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 series as well as smaller aircraft such as the 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 11 April 2017.

Future of the airport[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the Santorini International Airport.[6][7]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be implemented for Santorini International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan by 2020:[8]

  • Expanding and remodelling the current terminal
  • 236% increase in total terminal space at 15,640 m2, by replacing part of the current terminal and constructing a new terminal
  • 113% increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 17)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)
  • 20% increase in the number of departure gates (from 5 to 6)
  • 250% increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 7)
  • 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
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean AirlinesAthens
Air Europa Seasonal: Madrid (begins 3 July 2020)[9]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade[10]
Blue Panorama AirlinesSeasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–City, London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt,[11] Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf (begins 1 May 2020),[12] Stuttgart,[13] Vienna
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lauda Seasonal: Vienna[14]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[15] Munich
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa,[16] Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen[17]
Olympic AirAthens
Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Ryanair Seasonal: Athens[18]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen,[17] Gothenburg,[19] Stavanger,[17] Stockholm–Arlanda,[19] Trondheim[17]
Sky Express Seasonal: Athens
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 5 May 2020)[20]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Athens
Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux,[21] Genoa, Lyon (begins 22 April 2020),[22] Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Toulouse, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence, Rome–Fiumicino
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut[23]

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[24] until 2016 and from the airport's official website from 2017 thereafter.[25]

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 Increase1,022,117 Increase908,894 Increase1,928,295
2018 Increase1,186,904 Increase1,068,022 Increase2,254,926
2019 (Jan-Oct) Increase1,144,769 Increase1,069,729 Increase2,214,498

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. ^ "SANTORINI AIRPORT". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Santorini Airport History". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  7. ^ "Santorini Airport - Fraport".
  8. ^ "Η Fraport αλλάζει ριζικά τα 14 αεροδρόμια".
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (7 November 2019). "Air Europa adds Madrid – Thira service in S20".
  10. ^ "Charter schedule" (PDF).
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Condor Adds New Greek Routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Eurowings S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 18OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings S17 planned new routes as of 01SEP16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ Lufthansa begin new seasonal service to Santorini in 2018
  16. ^ "Flight Times".
  17. ^ a b c d "Flight".
  18. ^ "Ryanair W19 Network changes summary as of 04OCT19".
  19. ^ a b "Flight".
  20. ^ "TUI to fly from Newcastle Airport to Santorini, Hurghada and Skiathos in 2020". 22 October 2019.
  21. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Volotea S17 New routes as of 10OCT16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  22. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 network additions as of 10OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Welcome to Nakhal Online Booking System".
  25. ^ "SANTORINI AIRPORT (JTR) Air Traffic statistics",

External links[edit]

Media related to Santorini Airport at Wikimedia Commons