Skiathos International Airport

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Skiathos International Airport "Alexandros Papadiamantis"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου «Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης»
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek State
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
LocationSkiathos, Greece
Elevation AMSL54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750Coordinates: 39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750
Websitejsi-airport.gr
Map
JSI is located in Greece
JSI
JSI
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 5,341 1,628 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers446,219
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 1.9%
Aircraft movements4,179
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 0.5%

Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport (IATA: JSI, ICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. The runway is characterised as 'short and narrow'. Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta (a former leper colony) effectively joining the two islands into one larger island, though it was however built on land already part of Skiathos. It is named after Alexandros Papadiamantis, a Greek novelist who happened to be an island local.

The airport's short runway and its proximity to an adjacent public road have made it a popular destination for planespotters. It is often compared to Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Maarten since both airports offer the public an ability to legally experience landing approaches and takeoffs at very close range.[2][3]

History[edit]

The airport first operated in 1972.[4]

A passenger terminal and a new control tower was constructed in 1988. In 2001 the terminal was closed down by a minor earthquake, and a new passenger terminal opened in 2002, to better accommodate the growing number of passengers.

From 2019, as part of the Fraport construction works the airport has 2 current terminals. Terminal 1 was reconstructed and is currently the Domestic Terminal, and Terminal 2 is for international arrivals.

Skiathos Airport has no jetways, meaning, prior to the 2016 work, passengers walked the short distance from the aircraft to the terminal building, now, a collection of buses drive passengers the short distance.

From 2014, there was extension to the runway and a new taxiway was introduced. The runway was extended by 110 metres on the north side of the airport. An extension was added to the taxiway, for an additional 4–5 parking stands. The airport has the capacity for only 6 additional parking stands. This opened in 2016.

The island has only a roundabout at the airport, and 1 set of Traffic lights at the end of the runway.

In December 2015, the privatization of Skiathos Island National 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 privatization fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatization agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Skiathos Island National Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.[7]

Future of Skiathos International Airport - Fraport Greece’s investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including the Skiathos International Airport.[8]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the launch of the 2017 Summer season include:

  • General re-organisation and reworking of terminal
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas
  • Replacing sanitary facilities with newer systems
  • 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 Skiathos International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan by 2021 :

  • Expansion and reorganisation of the terminal building, alongside general clean-up of the apron area
  • Additional check-in desk for the current number (from 9 to 10)
  • Additional departure gate, expanding the current number of three to four
  • Addition of a brand-new security lane to the current one

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–City
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
FinnairSeasonal: Helsinki
Jet2.com[9] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol (begins 12 May 2021),[10] East–Midlands (begins 23 May 2021), Leeds/Bradford (begins 19 May 2021), London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 21 May 2021)
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[11]
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Olympic Air Athens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[12] Gothenburg,[13] Oslo-Gardermoen,[14] Stavanger,[14] Stockholm-Arlanda[13]
Ryanair Seasonal: Vienna
Sky Express Athens
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[15] Oslo–Gardermoen[16]
TAROM Seasonal charter: Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest
TUI Airways[17] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands,[17] London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 4 May 2021)[17]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona (begins 6 July 2021)[18]

Traffic figures[edit]

The data taken from the official website of the airport.[19]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2009 Decrease16,470 Decrease218,601 Decrease235,071
2010 Increase16,880 Decrease213,609 Decrease230,489
2011 Increase20,473 Increase226,185 Increase246,658
2012 Decrease18,465 Increase236,440 Increase254,905
2013 Increase25,216 Increase240,557 Increase265,773
2014 Increase32,097 Increase283,300 Increase315,397
2015 Increase34,560 Increase318,523 Increase353,083
2016 Increase44,174 Increase350,827 Increase395,001
2017 Increase43,740 Increase380,366 Increase424,106
2018 Increase48,228 Increase389,688 Increase437,916
2019 Increase55.535 Increase390.684 Increase446.219
2020 (Oct) Decrease18.737 Decrease69.375 Decrease88.112


Ground transport[edit]

Skiathos Airport is located 4.5 km from the city of Skiathos and is accessible either from Skiathos ringroad or the coast road. The journey to and from the city centre takes about 10–15 minutes, depending on traffic. 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Skiathos Airport Terminal building.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SKIATHOS AIRPORT "A.PAPADIAMANTIS"". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqhYArauo3Q
  3. ^ "Passenger jets skim over tourists' heads at Skiathos Island Airport in Greece". Stuff. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport". tornosnews.gr. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". uk.reuters.com. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece Begins 40-Year Concession at 14 Greek Regional Airports". fraport-greece.com. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  9. ^ https://www.jet2.com/timetable
  10. ^ "Jet2's Bristol Airport base will bring 450,000-holiday seats". ukaviation.news. 11 November 2020.
  11. ^ https://businessinsider.com.pl/firmy/wakacje-2020-lot-poleci-do-kurortow-w-grecji-hiszpanii-i-wloch/zz5f5ew
  12. ^ "Flight". apollorejser.dk.
  13. ^ a b "Flight". apollo.se.
  14. ^ a b "Flight". apollo.no.
  15. ^ "Flight". spies.dk.
  16. ^ "Flight". Ving.no.
  17. ^ a b c "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  18. ^ https://www.volotea.com/it/sala-stampa/notizie/notizie/volotea-annuncia-a-verona-circa-1000000-di-posti-in-vendita-e-2-nuove-rotte-esclusive-per-preveza-lefkada-e-skiathos-per-un-totale-di-23-destinazioni-19-delle-quali-esclusive/
  19. ^ [1]