Sitia Public Airport

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Sitia Municipal Airport

Δημοτικός Αερολιμένας Σητείας «Βιτσέντζος Κορνάρος»
Sitia Airport 1.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerMunicipality of Sitia
LocationSitia, Lasithi
Elevation AMSL376 ft / 115 m
Coordinates35°12′57.99″N 26°06′04.77″E / 35.2161083°N 26.1013250°E / 35.2161083; 26.1013250Coordinates: 35°12′57.99″N 26°06′04.77″E / 35.2161083°N 26.1013250°E / 35.2161083; 26.1013250
JSH is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 6,804 2,074 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 90.5%
Aircraft movements1,730
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 36.0%
Sources: HCAA[1][2]

Sitia Airport (IATA: JSH, ICAO: LGST) is a small community airport in the region Mponta of Sitia Municipality, on the eastern part of Crete in Greece. The facility is serving the city of Sitia. The airport is located 1 km north/northwest of the city center.


Sitia Airport began operations on 7 June 1984 when the first aircraft landed on the facility. This was an Olympic Airways' Dornier Do-228, registration SX-BHF. This was a test flight, to test the airport and its handling facilities. The airport was officially opened 2 days later, on 9 June 1984. Its official name became Δημοτικός Αερολιμένας Σητείας, literally Municipal Airport of Sitia. At 10:30 the same day, the first official flight, OAL 7001, arrived. On 13 June, the first flight from Rhodes arrived, followed by a flight from the neighbouring island Karpathos the next day.

On 20 May 1993, the airport's services moved to a newly built terminal building and control tower. The new installations cover an area of 550 m2. A new runway, oriented 05/23 and with a length of 2,074 meters was completed in May 2003. Also, 3 new taxiways and 2 new aircraft stands have been constructed. Additionally, the old terminal building has been replaced by a temporary building, covering an area of 1,000 m2.[1][3] On 13 January 13, 2016, the airport's services moved to a new terminal building. The new building has an area of 7,500 m2.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Olympic AirAthens
Sky ExpressAlexandroupoli, Preveza/Lefkada, Zakynthos


Annual passenger traffic at JSH airport. See source Wikidata query.

Annual Passenger Throughput[1]

Year Flights Passengers Change in Passengers (%)
2001 93 1,945 Increase15.1
2002 42 1,762 Decrease9.4
2003 666 13,144 Increase646.0
2004 411 16,731 Increase27,3
2005 781 19,283 Increase15.3
2006 940 22,902 Increase18.8
2007 1,804 35,218 Increase53.8
2008 1,764 39,711 Increase12.8
2009 1,714 38,195 Decrease3.8
2010 1,805 38,859 Increase1.7
2011 1,786 39,604 Increase1.9
2012 2,024 37,801 Decrease4.6
2013 2,064 35,962 Decrease4.9
2014 1,978 34,873 Decrease3.0
2015 1,924 27,015 Decrease22.5
2016 1,766 20,903 Decrease22.6
2017 1,254 32,479 Increase55.4
2018 1,730 61,877 Increase95.0
*2019 528 16,425
  • Period: Jan - Jun

Ground transportation[edit]

By car the airport can be reached via the main road along the North coast. From Aghios Nikolaos, heading west, the main road transforms into the National Road of Crete. The City of Sitia is just a few minutes drive away from the airport. Besides rental cars, there are taxis available to any destination on Crete. There are no bus connections available from the airport.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "SITIA AIRPORT". Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Μετονομασία Αεροδρομίου Σητείας σε Δημοτικό Αερολιμένα "Βιτσέντζος Κορνάρος"". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ Airport History

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