Skiathos Island National Airport
|Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου ΄Α.Παπαδιαμάντης΄
|Elevation AMSL||54 ft / 16 m|
Sources: Greek Civil Aviation Authority
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 first operated in 1972.
The runways at Skiathos are characterised as 'short and narrow' and, as such, airlines typically require their pilots to undergo additional training for operations there. Landings may only be performed by captains, so if a captain is taken ill on an inbound flight, then it must be diverted to an alternative airport (usually Volos/Nea Anchialos Airport which is the closest facility to accept passenger flights). Additionally, the runway down-slope on runway 20 leads to an illusion of a shorter runway as the southern end cannot be seen when close to the ground. When flights approach runway 02 from the south, the flight path is to the east of Skiathos town and over a coastal road just outside the airport boundary. Due to this, it is a very popular runway to watch flights landing and taking off at close quarters. Many videos have been uploaded to YouTube because of this. Skiathos has often been dubbed "the Greek St. Maarten" (referring to a similar airport on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean).
Some flights departing Skiathos for British airports cannot take sufficient fuel to complete the trip without stopping at an intermediate airport to refuel, due to the limiting length of the runways. Aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 typically stop at Thessaloniki International Airport to refuel. The B757-200s, however, are usually able to carry sufficient fuel to operate directly to British destinations, such as London Gatwick. 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. The longest route operating to Skiathos is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines to Newcastle. The route was operated non-stop by the Boeing 757 200 until Summer 2014 when it will be replaced by a brand new Airbus A321, necessitating a stop in Kavala on the return. Thus, the current longest non stop flight to Skiathos operates to Manchester and is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways, both on the Boeing 757 200
Skiathos only has one terminal and no jetways and has the capacity for only three parked airliners at any one time. However, an extension of the apron, currently under construction, will provide an additional 4-5 parking stands.
Airlines and destinations
- "SKIATHOS AIRPORT "A.PAPADIAMANTIS"". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- "Flight Timetables". gatwickairport.com. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "ΠΑΡΟΧΗ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΑΣ ΥΠΗΡΕΣΙΑΣ (ΑΓΟΝΕΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΕΣ)". ypa.gr. Retrieved 6 April 2015.