Zakynthos International Airport

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Zakynthos International Airport
"Dionysios Solomos"

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ζακύνθου
«Διονύσιος Σολωμός»
Zakynthos Airport, New Terminal, Greece 02.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Greek state
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Location Zakynthos
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 37°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 (2015)
Passengers 1,268,497
Passenger traffic change Increase 6.8%
Aircraft movements 9,546
Aircraft movements change Increase 5.9%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos" (IATA: ZTHICAO: LGZA) is an airport in Zakynthos, Greece. 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.[3] An extension of the airport's apron area to 35100 m² was completed in 2003. A new 22150 m² terminal building opened up 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.


In December 2015 the privatisation of Zakynthos International 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.[4] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[5] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Zakynthos International Airport) for 40 years from 11 April 2017.[6]

An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320 at the apron of Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320 at the apron of Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CS100 parked at Zakynthos International Airport
A Swiss International Air Lines Bombardier CS100 parked at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)

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

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

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 clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas.
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • 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 Zakynthos International Airport, under Fraport Greece’s investment plan, by 2021:

  • 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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal Charter: Ljubljana
Air Bucharest Seasonal Charter: Bucharest, Suceava
Air Moldova Seasonal Charter: Chișinău
ASL Airlines France Seasonal Charter: Manchester
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal Charter: Graz, Linz
Avanti Air Seasonal Charter:Innsbruck
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Belavia Seasonal Charter:Minsk
Blue air Seasonal Charter: Bucharest-Otopeni, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Larnaca, Timisoara
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[8]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels (begins 26 April 2018)
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt, Hamburg (begins 29 April 2018), Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen (begins 18 April 2018)
Danish Air Transport Seasonal Charter: Aalborg, Billund
easyJet Seasonal: Bristol, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Liverpool, Milan-Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich [9]
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Saint Petersburg
Enter Air Seasonal charter:Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Poznan,Szczecin, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn [10], Dusseldorf, Stuttgart (begins 5 May 2018)
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[11]
Germania Seasonal: Dusseldorf (begins 3 May 2018) Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham (begins 5 May 2018), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted [12], Manchester, Newcastle
Jettime Seasonal Charter: Helsinki
Meridiana Seasonal: Naples [13]
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari
Seasonal Charter: Bergamo, Bologna, Naples
Nord Star Seasonal Charter :Moscow-Domodedovo
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air International
Seasonal Charter: London-Gatwick
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air Athens
Primera Air Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Joensuu, Kokkola, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Stockholm-Arlanda, Vaasa
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Göteborg, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky Express Athens, Kefalonia
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal Charter: London-Gatwick, Vilnius
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal Charter: Gdansk, Katowice,Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw, Rzeszow
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Bratislava [14], Budapest, Brno, Ostrava, Prague
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva (begins 7 July 2018)[citation needed]
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle [15]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen
Travel Service Polska Seasonal Charter: Debrecen, Gdansk, Katowice, Budapest, Poznan, Rzeszów, Warsaw-Chopin
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Glasgow [16], London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle
Seasonal charter: Dublin
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal Charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm-Arlanda, Oslo-Gardermoen
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Naples [17], Palermo (begins 26 July 2018) [18], Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. ^ "ZAKYNTHOS AIRPORT "D.SOLOMOS"". Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fraport Greece Begins 40-Year Concession at 14 Greek Regional Airports - Fraport Greece". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  8. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "British Airways adds new Heathrow – Europe routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "20% More Holiday Destinations: Edelweiss to Massively Expand Its Route Network in Summer 2018". Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  10. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Finnair Adds New European Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Flight Timetables -". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  13. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Meridiana adds seasonal Naples – Zakinthos route in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings S17 new routes as of 15DEC16". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Thomson outlines planned new routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  17. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Volotea S17 New routes as of 14OCT16". Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  18. ^

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