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Zakynthos International Airport
"Dionysios Solomos"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ζακύνθου
«Διονύσιος Σολωμός»
Zakynthos airport logo.svg
Zakynthos Airport, New Terminal, Greece 02.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates37°45′03″N 20°53′03″E / 37.75083°N 20.88417°E / 37.75083; 20.88417Coordinates: 37°45′03″N 20°53′03″E / 37.75083°N 20.88417°E / 37.75083; 20.88417
ZTH is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,310 2,228 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 76,2%
Aircraft movements4.852
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 63,2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos" (IATA: ZTH, ICAO: LGZA) is an airport in Zakynthos, Greece.


In December 2015, the privatization of Zakynthos International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalized with the signing of the agreement between the Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture and the state privatisation fund.[3] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[4] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Zakynthos International Airport) for 40 years from 11 April 2017.[5]

The airport is close to the town and beach of Kalamaki. Kalamaki beach is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) lay their eggs at the beaches of the marine park at night during the summer months. This has resulted in aircraft movement restrictions. Flights are not permitted to take off or land between 10:00PM to 5:00AM. It is at the jurisdiction of the Greek authorities to allow aircraft movements at night under extenuating circumstances. The airport opened in 1972.[6] An expansion of the airport's apron area to 35,100 m2 was completed in 2003, and a new 22,150 m2 terminal building was completed in 2008. The airport is 4.3 km from Zakynthos town and other seaside tourist destinations such as Laganas, Tsilivi and Kalamaki. The main approach into the airport is Runway 34. Aircraft usually have to fly over Laganas bay and make a 180-degree turn, before their final approach over sunbathing tourists on the busy Kalamaki beach.

Fraport Greece's investment plan

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

Immediate actions that were implemented at airports operated by Fraport Greece, before the launch of the 2017 summer season, included:

  • General clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • Enhancing services and offering a new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports

Specifically for Zakynthos International Airport, the following changes were implemented under Fraport Greece's investment plan:

  • Refurbishing and remodeling current terminal
  • HBS inline screening
  • Refurbishing air traffic control tower
  • New fire station
  • Relocating power transformers and generators
  • Reorganizing airport apron area
  • Refurbishing airside pavement
  • Reorganizing landside roads & parking
  • New security guardhouse
  • 33 percent increase in check-in counters (from 15 to 20)
  • 150 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 5)

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Zakynthos Airport:

AeroItalia Seasonal: Forlì[8]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[9]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Airseven Seasonal charter: Aarhus
Animawings[10] Seasonal: Bucharest, Cluj–Napoca
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv[11]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow[12]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[13]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Wrocław[14]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich[15]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin, Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton,[16] Manchester,[17] Milan–Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[18]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice,[14] Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Graz[19]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Salzburg,[20] Stuttgart[21]
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt (begins 20 June 2023),[22] Munich
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[23]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich[24][25]
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[26] Oslo,[27] Stockholm–Arlanda[26]
Olympic Air Athens
Ryanair Seasonal: Bari,[28] Bergamo (begins 1 June 2023),[29] Budapest,[30] London–Stansted,[31] Milan–Malpensa, Naples (begins 3 June 2023),[32] Rome–Fiumicino,[33] Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin[34]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Stockholm-Arlanda[35]
Sky Express Athens, Kefalonia,[36] Preveza/Lefkada
Seasonal: Heraklion[37]
Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava,[38] Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Seasonal charter: Budapest, Katowice,[39] Poznań,[39] Warsaw–Chopin[39]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bournemouth,[40] Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[41]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague
Tus AirwaysSeasonal: Tel Aviv[42]
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Nantes,[43] Naples, Palermo, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino
Wizz Air Seasonal: Bucharest,[44] Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[45] Milan–Malpensa,[46] Rome–Fiumicino,[47] Vienna,[48] Warsaw–Chopin[49]

Traffic figures

A 737-800 on short final at ZTH in 2019, viewed from Kalamaki beach
737 on final approach from south

Annual passenger traffic at ZTH airport. See Wikidata query.

The following data are from the official website of the airport:[50]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2017 83,334 1,576,307 1,659,641
2018 Increase90,938 Increase1,709,519 Increase1,800,457
2019 Increase94,297 Increase1,716,130 Increase1,810,427
2020 Decrease27.906 Decrease402.349 Decrease430.255
2021 Increase57,570 Increase955,220 Increase1,012,913
2022(Oct) Increase85,549 Increase1,810,134 Increase1,895,683

See also


  1. ^ Jeppesen aerodrome charts
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  3. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ Editorial, Reuters (14 December 2015). "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Reuters. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Fraport Greece Begins 40-Year Concession at 14 Greek Regional Airports - Fraport Greece". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Zakinthos Airport". Archived from the original on 21 May 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece's Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  8. ^ "Aeroitalia Plans Greece Debut in July 2022".
  10. ^ "Flight schedule".
  11. ^ "Bluebird Airways". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  12. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "British Airways adds new Heathrow – Europe routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Brussels Airlines launches its holiday offer for summer 2021". 26 December 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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  16. ^ "easyJet holidays adds four new routes for summer 2021". 18 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Routes In Brief: December's Rolling Daily Updates | Routes". Archived from the original on 17 December 2021.
  18. ^ "20% More Holiday Destinations: Edelweiss to Massively Expand Its Route Network in Summer 2018". Retrieved 20 September 2017.
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  20. ^ "New routes - Discover - Eurowings". Archived from the original on 27 March 2019.
  21. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  22. ^ "Eurowings / Eurowings Discover NS22 Short-Haul Network Adjustment - 12JUN22".
  23. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Finnair Adds New European Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  24. ^ 2019, Lufthansa. "Lufthansa: Two new destinations in Greece for summer 2020 now bookable7". Retrieved 3 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  25. ^ "Lufthansa Group July 2022 Short-Haul Passenger Operation Update - 12JUN22".
  26. ^ a b "Flight". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Flight". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  28. ^ "Google".
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  30. ^ "Ryanair: Νέα δρομολόγια Ζάκυνθος – Βουδαπέστη και Σαντορίνη - Κρακοβία το καλοκαίρι του 2021".
  31. ^ "Ryanair raises UK summer capacity to Greece | Travel Weekly".
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  33. ^ "Ryanair".
  34. ^ "Aż pięć nowych tras Ryanaira z Polski. Wśród nich prawdziwe hity!".
  35. ^ "Charterresor till bildsköna Zakynthos, Grekland | Airtours charter".
  36. ^ "Sky Express schedules additional domestic routes in 2Q18 | Routes".
  37. ^ "Increased direct flights to Crete in our summer schedule".
  38. ^ "Letový poriadok LETO 2022". Letisko Bratislava (BTS) - oficiálna stránka. 25 March 2022. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  39. ^ a b c "air and charter tickets". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  40. ^ "Flight Timetable".
  41. ^ "Flight Timetable". TUI Airways. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  42. ^ "TUS AIR".
  43. ^ "H Volotea προσθέτει 3 νέα δρομολόγια από Ελλάδα-Γαλλία - Airnews".
  44. ^ "Rute noi: București - Zakynthos și Corfu din 15 iunie 2021". 22 January 2021.
  45. ^ "Rute noi: Cluj - Mykonos, Cluj - Zakynthos și Iași - Santorini cu Wizz Air". 12 March 2021.
  46. ^ "Wizz Air nuova base a Malpensa - WEtravel". 28 May 2020.
  47. ^ "Wizz Air apre base a Roma Fiumicino - WEtravel". 13 May 2021.
  48. ^ "Wizz Air to launch new routes from Vienna to Charleroi and 7 other destinations". 6 May 2020.
  49. ^ "Wizz Air's summer sizzler – 120+ new routes to launch in S21 |". 19 March 2021.
  50. ^ "Zakynthos Airport (ZTH)".

External links

  1. ^ Newspaper Kathimerini 14/9/1922