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Patras Araxos Airport

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Araxos Airport[5][6] (Greek: Αεροδρόμιο Αράξου) (IATA: GPA, ICAO: LGRX) is the airport of Patras, the third-largest city in Greece. It serves as a combined civilian and military airport and is located near the namesaking village of Araxos, Achaea. It is also known as Agamemnon Airport and primarily is used as an active air base for the Hellenic Air Force, with some civilian services to European destinations during the summer months. The airport facilities were very limited till the year 2007 when the construction of a new 1,477 m2 arrivals building was completed[7]. Today the airport terminal covers a total area of 2,300 m2.

Araxos Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Αράξου
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Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGreek Armed Forces
OperatorHellenic Air Force and HCAA
ServesPatras and Pyrgos, Greece
LocationAraxos
Elevation AMSL46 ft / 14 m
Coordinates38°09′04″N 021°25′32″E / 38.15111°N 21.42556°E / 38.15111; 21.42556
Websitewww.hcaa.gr
Map
LGRX is located in Greece
LGRX
LGRX
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 3,352 10,997 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers182,129
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 20.8%
Aircraft movements1,365
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 8.5%

116th Combat WingEdit

Araxos was established as a military airport in 1936, but construction of the runway was not completed until 1941, when it also became the site of the first radar installation in Greece.[8]

The airport has served as the home base of the Hellenic Air Force's 116th Combat Wing (116 Πτέρυγα Μάχης) since May 1969, and of its precursor the 116th Combat Group (116 Σμηναρχία Μάχης) since April 1962. It currently comprises the 336th Bomber Squadron and 335th Squadron[8]. The main aircraft used by both squadrons is F-16 Block 52+ Advanced.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Ground transportEdit

Araxos airport is located 45 km west of the city of Patras and 60 km north of Pyrgos. There are bus services from Patras to Araxos[15]. There is no train connection.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ARAXOS AIRPORT". ypa.gr. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. ^ Airport information for LGRX at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  3. ^ Airport information for GPA at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ http://www.alxd.gr/AirportGuide/araxos/araxosE.html
  5. ^ [1] Araxos Airport official website
  6. ^ Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, presentation of the airport
  7. ^ http://traveldailynews.gr/news/article/38927
  8. ^ a b "116 Combat Wing". Hellenic Air Force. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  9. ^ https://worldairlinenews.com/2018/05/30/airbaltic-to-operate-charter-flights-for-tez-tour-latvija/
  10. ^ "Timetable". www.tez-tour.com.
  11. ^ http://www.iev.aero/en/passengers/the-seasonal-timetable/en.pdf
  12. ^ "Season timetable destination: Patras". svo.aero. Sheremetyevo International Airport.
  13. ^ "Timetable". www.tez-tour.com.
  14. ^ https://windrose.kiev.ua/wr/booking/bk_Schedule.php?locale=en
  15. ^ KTEL Achaias Bus services to Araxos airport (in Greek)

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