Rhodes International Airport

Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"
Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Ρόδου "Διαγόρας"
Airport type Public
Owner Greek state
Operator Fraport Greece
Serves Rodos
Location Paradeisi
Hub for Olympic Air
Focus city for Aegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL 6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates 36°24′19.51″N 28°05′10.29″E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917Coordinates: 36°24′19.51″N 28°05′10.29″E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917
Website www.rho-airport.gr/en
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,305 10,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 5,301,517
Passenger traffic change 6.6%
Aircraft movements 36,966
Aircraft movements change 2.2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ρόδου "Διαγόρας") or Diagoras International Airport (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP), is located on the West side of the island of Rhodes in Greece. The facility is located just north of the village Paradeisi, about 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rodos. Rhodes International Airport was the fourth busiest airport in Greece as of 2017, with 5,301,517 passengers utilizing the airport.[2]


Civil aviation on Rhodes started after the Second World War, on the location of the nearby military Rhodes Maritsa Airport.

This was the island's main airport until 1977, when the new Rhodes International Airport was opened. The need for a new facility was big, as the 'old' Maritsa airport did not meet the needs for a modern civil airport. The new "Diagoras" airport was built in 1977. It was decided that, on this location, it would meet the needs of the island better.

Improvements have been made to the airport, like expansion of taxiways, platform and airport buildings. The most recent upgrade is a new passenger terminal, opened in 2005, to accommodate the growing number of charter flights and passengers. The airport's plants currently cover a total area of 60,000 m2[3]

In 2015, Rhodes Airport was closed for 14 hours after a 'sinkhole' appeared in the runway. Flights were diverted to surrounding airports such as Kos and Heraklion as well as Athens and the runway was fixed and reopened shortly afterwards.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Rhodes 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 Rhodes International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.



Rhodes Airport terminal is actually 2 separate buildings with a joined corridor in the middle. Departures are served both in ground (check-ins, baggage checks) and first floor (passenger screening, gates, shops) while arrivals are served only in ground floor's southern corner where passport control, customs and baggage reclaim operate. Airport does not have air bridges so embarkments and disembarkments require the use of buses.

Both terminals are and will be under renovations for the next couple of years from Fraport as a series of chronic problems need to be addressed. Toilets and air conditioning system were first to be fixed while more complicated works including new check in facilities that will eliminate double checks for baggage as well interior remodeling will proceed gradually during low traffic winter months.

Airport also hosts all necessary services such as a police station, a medical clinic, airline and handlers offices, rent-a-car and tour operators kiosks, VIP halls as well recently refurbished duty free shops, cafes and restaurants.


The airport's single runway direction is 070/250, having a length of 3,306 meters and a width of 60 meters. There are six taxiways connecting the runway with the terminal. Tarmac can accommodate up to 14 airplanes simultaneously and up to type 747. New parking spots as well rearrangements on airplanes' parking patterns engaging ground vehicles is expected to increase capacity.

Future of the Airport - Fraport Greece’s investment plan

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Rhodes.[6]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that started in November 2017 and will be implemented for Rhodes International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan: Immediate actions that were implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece took over operations and 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 new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports
  • Remodeling the current terminal
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • New fire station
  • 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
  • 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
  • 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
  • 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)

Airlines and destinations

Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Beirut[7], Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Yerevan, Zürich,
Seasonal charter: Ålesund, Beirut, Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj–Napoca[8], Copenhagen[9], Cuneo, Košice, Luleå, Molde,[10] Odense, Östersund, Skellefteå, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Trondheim, Wrocław
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[11]
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome–Fiumicino[12]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Manchester
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Innsbruck[13], Linz
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk[14]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Blu-express Seasonal: Bergamo[15], Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick[16]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[17]
Condor Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle, Paris–Orly, Venice
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Athens, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice, London-Gatwick
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg[18], Hannover [19], Munich, Salzburg, Stuttgart[20]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
GermaniaSeasonal: Berlin Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel[21], Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zurich
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Helvetic AirwaysSeasonal charter: Bern
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Laudamotion Seasonal: Düsseldorf[22]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Middle East Airlines Seasonal charter: Beirut
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm
Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Olympic Air Kastellorizo
Primera Air Seasonal: Strasbourg
Seasonal charter: Karup[23], Stockholm-Arlanda
RoyalFlight Seasonal charter: Kazan[24], Moscow–Sheremetyevo[24], Rostov-on-Don-Platov[25], Samara[24]
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Manchester, Pisa, Stockholm-Skavsta
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Wrocław
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo[26]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Sky Express Astypalaia, Chios, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Lemnos, Leros, Mytilene, Samos
Seasonal: Sitia[27]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Graz, London–Gatwick
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal: Katowice,[28] Warsaw-Chopin[29]
SmartWings Seasonal: Brno, Lille, Lyon, Ostrava, Pardubice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague
SmartWings Seasonal: Bratislava[30], Budapest[31], Košice
Sun D'Or Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover[32], Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg[33], Stuttgart
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Iași
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted[34], Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Borlänge, Helsinki, Jönköping, Karlstad, Luleå, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal charter: Budapest
TUI Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen[35], Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[36]
Seasonal charter: Dublin[37]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Dole[38], Strasbourg[38]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden (ends 25 October 2018),[39] Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg[24]
Volotea Seasonal: Palermo,[40] Venice–Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[41]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[42]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest

Traffic figures

Figures are taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [43] until 2016 and since 2017 from the official website of the airport.[44]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 380,072 2,111,714 2,491,786
1995 419,701 1,924,922 2,344,623
1996 477,396 1,764,121 2,241,517
1997 559,768 1,955,527 2,515,295
1998 535,284 2,137,028 2,672,312
1999 638,389 2,653,129 3,291,518
2000 720,560 2,686,490 3,407,050
2001 682,469 2,745,706 3,428,175
2002 628,837 2,601,646 3,230,483
2003 689,315 2,476,755 3,166,070
2004 697,873 2,338,650 3,036,523
2005 750,476 2,457,038 3,207,514
2006 809,965 2,681,557 3,491,522
2007 839,326 2,786,636 3,625,962
2008 843,529 2,723,940 3,567,469
2009 826,677 2,643,434 3,470,111
2010 736,566 2,850,006 3,586,572
2011 676,463 3,471,923 4,148,386
2012 600,167 3,213,780 3,813,947
2013 626,594 3,573,465 4,200,059
2014 691,040 3,861,016 4,552,056
2015 793,025 3,785,998 4,579,023
2016 848,878 4,093,508 4,942,386
2017 868,421 4,433,096 5,301,517
2018* 471,649 2,455,482 2,927,131

* Figures for 2018 are up to the month of July.[45]

To and From the airport[46]

By Public Bus:[47] Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Rhodes (No 23-35) servicing in between Ixia, Ialysos and Kremasti as well between the airport and villages further to the west coast like Paradeisi, Tholos, Soroni etc. Bus stop is located between the new and the old terminal. Tickets can be purchased either from designated vendors (kiosks, cafes, shops) or directly from the bus driver with a small fee on nominal price.

For more Information please contact: http://desroda.gr/

By Taxi:[48] Taxi service is available outside Rhodes Airport arrivals hall. The journey from the Airport to the city of Rhodes varies between 25 and 50 minutes depending on traffic conditions and the fare is normally €25. Taxi rank has a big board indicating fixed prices depending on passengers' destination. You may be charged extra, if you carry many pieces of luggage.

By Car:[49] Rhodes Airport is located 14 km from the city of Rhodes and is easily accessible from the provincial road Rhodes-Kamiros (many times incorrectly indicated as Ialisou-Katavias). The journey to and from the city centre takes about 25–50 minutes, depending on traffic.

For directions using a GPS device, find below the physical street address and the geographical coordinates of Rhodes Airport. All you need to do is enter the following information in your GPS device.

Airport Latitude and Longitude: 36°24'7.76"N28° 5'26.33"E

Airport physical address: Rhodes Airport, Paradisi, Rhodes 851 06

See also


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