Santorini (Thira) International Airport

Santorini International Airport
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Greek State
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Location Kamari
Elevation AMSL 127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333Coordinates: 36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333
Website Santorini Airport
Map
JTR
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 6,972 2,125 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 1,928,295
Passenger traffic change 13.0%
Aircraft movements 17,031
Aircraft movements change 20.9%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Santorini (Thira) International Airport is an airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece (IATA: JTR, ICAO: LGSR), located north of the village of Kamari. The airport serves both as a military and as a civil airport. With its relatively small apron, as of 2018 the airport is only able to serve up to 6 civilian planes at the same time. Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport. The tower (freq. 118.05) also serves as the approach / departure frequency.

The airport is located about 6 km southeast of the centre of the city of Thira. The main asphalt runway (16L-34R) is 6972 feet/2125m in length. The parallel taxiway was built to runway specification and is labeled 16R-34L. The airfield can accommodate medium sized jets like the Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 series, Avro RJ, Fokker 70, and ATR 72. Scheduled airlines include Ryanair, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, with seasonal scheduled and charter flights from other airlines during the higher seasons in spring, summer and fall. Transportation to and from the air terminal is through buses, taxis, hotel car-pickups and rental cars.

History

The airport first operated in 1972.[3]

In December 2015 the privatisation of Santorini (Thira) 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 Santorini (Thira) International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Future of the airport

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the Santorini International Airport.[6][7]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be implemented for Santorini International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan by 2020[8]:

  • Expanding and remodelling the current terminal
  • 236% increase in total terminal space at 15,640 m2, by replacing part of the current terminal and constructing a new terminal
  • 113% increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 17)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)
  • 20% increase in the number of departure gates (from 5 to 6)
  • 250% increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 7)
  • 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
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean AirlinesAthens
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion[9]
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blu-expressSeasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London-City, London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt[10], Munich, Stuttgart
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart[11], Vienna
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
GermaniaSeasonal: Hamburg
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Laudamotion Seasonal: Vienna[12]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[13] Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Olympic AirAthens
Seasonal: Larnaca, Thessaloniki
RyanairAthens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Sky Express Seasonal: Athens
SmartWings Seasonal: Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands (begins 2 May 2019)[14], London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Athens
Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux[15], Genoa, Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Toulouse, Venice, Verona
Vueling Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut

Traffic figures

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[16] until 2016 and from the airport's official website from 2017 thereafter[17].

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 175,152 225,896 401,048
1995 188,461 257,978 446,439
1996 188,778 246,680 435.458
1997 208,195 263,735 471,930
1998 209,505 286,809 496,314
1999 225,160 353,193 578,353
2000 302,072 373,428 675,500
2001 288,084 387,659 675,743
2002 221,040 357,797 578,837
2003 207,695 326,232 533,927
2004 245,577 302,564 548,141
2005 269,371 341,913 611,284
2006 316,973 361,262 678,235
2007 359,950 386,724 746,674
2008 360,670 371,484 732,154
2009 356,040 343,068 699,108
2010 354,872 367,283 722,155
2011 377,473 408,074 785,547
2012 358,468 405,071 763,539
2013 403,687 494,466 898,153
2014 548,274 631,534 1,179,808
2015 771,193 724,697 1,495,890
2016 897,231 788,464 1,685,695
2017 1,019,399 908,896 1,928,295
2018* 646,504 565,691 1,212,195

*The data for 2018 are for the year to July only[18].

See also

References

  1. Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. "SANTORINI AIRPORT". jtr-airport.gr. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. "Santorini Airport History". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". 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’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  7. "Santorini Airport - Fraport".
  8. [www.kathimerini.gr/959093/article/oikonomia/epixeirhseis/h-fraport-allazei-rizika-ta-14-aerodromia "Η Fraport αλλάζει ριζικά τα 14 αεροδρόμια"] Check |url= value (help).
  9. Liu, Jim (23 January 2018). "Aegean Airlines expands Israel network in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Condor Adds New Greek Routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  11. 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings S17 planned new routes as of 01SEP16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  13. Lufthansa begin new seasonal service to Santorini in 2018
  14. "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  15. 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Volotea S17 New routes as of 10OCT16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  16. "SANTORINI AIRPORT", ypa.gr
  17. "SANTORINI AIRPORT (JTR) Air Traffic statistics", jtr-airport.gr
  18. "Air Traffic statistics" (PDF). : HCAA & FRG Traffic Data Management. https://www.jtr-airport.gr. Retrieved 7 January 2018. External link in |publisher= (help)

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