Skiathos Island National Airport
|Skiathos International Airport "Alexandros Papadiamantis"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου «Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης»
|Operator||Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture|
|Elevation AMSL||54 ft / 16 m|
Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’ (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.
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 due to the ability to experience low-altitude flyover landing approaches and takeoffs.
The airport first operated in 1972.
A passenger terminal and a new control tower was constructed in the late 1980s. The new and the current passenger terminal which opened in 2002, to better accommodate the growing amount of passengers. Skiathos Airport has no jetways, meaning that you have to walk the short distance from the aircraft to the terminal building.
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, which opened in summer 2014. An extension was added to the taxiway, for an additional 4–5 parking stands. Before the construction began, the airport had the capacity for only 2–3 additional parking stands. This opened in 2016
In December 2015 the privatisation 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 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 Skiathos Island National Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.
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At just 1,628 metres, the runway at Skiathos is considered very short for commercial jet operations. Some airlines require their pilots to undergo additional training before using the airport and require all landings to be performed by the captain. A further problem is the downslope on runway 20 which makes it appear even shorter than it is. The southern end cannot be seen from the touchdown point. Aircraft approaching from the opposite direction (runway 02) pass to the east of Skiathos town and over a coastal road just outside the airport boundary. Due to that the airport is famous for attraction for planespotters, and took the nickname "2nd Saint Maartin ".
To shorten the take-off roll, aircraft must operate at low weight, so most types cannot carry enough fuel for direct flights to northern Europe and have to make an intermediate fuel stop. Aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 typically land at Thessaloniki International Airport. However, the Boeing 757-200 can carry sufficient fuel to operate directly to British destinations. This aircraft type was used for the longest non-stop commercial flights from Skiathos, to Newcastle, operated by Thomas Cook Airlines. However, in 2014 an Airbus A321 took over the route, necessitating a fuel stop at Kavala on the northbound sector. More recently, non-stop flights from Skiathos to Manchester have been operated by Thomas Cook, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways, using the Boeing 757-200. On one occasion, Air Italy used a Boeing 767–200 on the flight from Milan, making this the largest aircraft to have used the airport.
Airlines and destinations
The airport has a taxi rank outside, and is linked to the rest of the island.
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