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Chania International Airport "Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQ, ICAO: LGSA) is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away. Moreover, it is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing number of tourists. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century and is a joint civil–military airport. It is the sixth busiest airport in Greece.

Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania airport.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerHellenic Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorFraport Greece
ServesChania, Crete
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL149 m / 490 ft
Coordinates35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972Coordinates: 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972
CHQ is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,347 10,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 1.1%
Aircraft movements19,604
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 0.5%


The focus on civil aviation for the west of Crete has not always been on the current location. It was the airport of Maleme that served civil flights up to 1959, and dating back to the end of Second World War.

Maleme (Military) Airport was constructed by the British Military, shortly before the Second World War. When the war was over, the facility was used as the main public airport of Chania.

In 1959, this activity was transferred to the military airport of Souda. 1967 saw the construction of the first passenger terminal and parking space for two aircraft. In 1974, the airport also began to serve international flights. Because of insufficient capacity, there was the need for a new terminal building. Eventually, in 1996, the new terminal was ready, measuring a surface area of 14,650 square metres (157,700 sq ft), with 6 aircraft stands in front. It has a design capacity of 1.35 million passengers per year. In 2000, it was officially named Ioannis Daskalogiannis.

The airport is also intensively used by the Hellenic Air Force. [2][3]

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

In June 2018[6] completed by Fraport Greece, the new aircraft layouts, which are now using push back, for doubling the parking space, the passenger safety area has been expanded, with the increase in hand baggage checkers from 5 to 8 and the Duty Free store space increased from 400 sq.m. at 1,200 sq. meters, the VIP space was moved to increase the boarding gates from 14 to 16 and the dividing walls in the departure halls were removed in order to have a space of 3,000 sq. meters, a new pumping station was built and network (about 3.5 km) and connected to the municipal sewage network, electromechanical installations (new MCCs, new wiring, new luminaires, new electrical panels, etc.) were optimized, the Apron lighting was upgraded, the WC has been renovated, with the purpose of increase the toilets in the Extra Schengen area and the escalator was moved to a new location, in order to manage better the available spaces.

On June 10, 2018, Air Force One carrying U.S. President Donald Trump stopped for refueling in Chania during Trump's flight from the G7 meeting in Quebec to the historic meeting in Singapore with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un.[7]

Future of the Airport – Fraport Greece’s investment planEdit

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including the International Airport of Chania.[8]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the summer of 2019 :

  • 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
  • Rearranging the terminal’s internal utilization
  • Rearranging the departure gate lounge
  • Expanding the security control area
  • HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline screening
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 8 to 10)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 8)

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade[9]
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Bucharest[10]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Nuremberg (begins 1 May 2020)[11]
Seasonal charter: Åre-Östersund,[12] Billund,[12] Copenhagen,[12] Helsinki,[12] Kuopio,[12] Oulu,[12] Riga,[12] Stockholm–Arlanda[12]
Danish Air TransportSeasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Karup
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Lyon, Nice
Ellinair Seasonal: Athens , Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Thessaloniki[13]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow,[14] Poznan, Warsaw–Chopin, Wroclaw[15]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[16] Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart[17]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki Seasonal: Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Kalmar, Norrkoping, Orebro, Vaxjo, Helsinki
Lauda Seasonal: Vienna[18]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[19]
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London–Gatwick (ends 27 October 2019), Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Billund, Bodø, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Visby, Haugesund, Oulu[14]
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen,[20] Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim, Sandefjord[14]
Ryanair Paphos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bergamo,[21] Birmingham, Bristol, Charleroi, Bucharest, Dublin, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hahn, Kraków,[22] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Memmingen, Naples, Pisa, Sofia, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Katowice,[15] Poznan,[15] Warsaw–Chopin[15]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Aarhus (begins 2 July 2020),[23] Bergen, Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Lulea, Gothenburg, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Umea, Ålesund, Molde, Billund, Harstad[14]
Sky Express Athens
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga[14]
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Seasonal charter: Tallinn[14]
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Smartwings HungarySeasonal charter: Budapest[24]
Smartwings PolandSeasonal: Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw–Chopin, Wroclaw
TAROMSeasonal charter: Bucharest, Cluj Napoca
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia FranceSeasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI AirwaysSeasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg[25]
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels, Ostend
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam
TUI fly NordicSeasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki,[26] Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda

Traffic figuresEdit

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[27] until 2016 and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport.[28]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 204,360 621,986 826,346
1995  220,910  669,516  890,426
1996  244,146  587,106  831,252
1997  301,471  622,689  924,160
1998  292,504  676,687  969,191
1999  414,429  816,045  1,230,474
2000  515,093  901,710  1,416,803
2001  395,864  1,033,118  1,428,982
2002  331,521  1,053,058  1,384,579
2003  413,541  1,066,112  1,479,653
2004  382,224  1,064,153  1,446,377
2005  401,141  1,111,628  1,512,769
2006  437,403  1,323,556  1,760,959
2007  514,318  1,368,516  1,882,834
2008  522,658  1,343,923  1,866,581
2009  575,687  1,219,779  1,795,466
2010  468,279  1,186,585  1,654,864
2011  449,211  1,325,497  1,774,708
2012  397,661  1,435,313  1,832,974
2013  379,280  1,699,577  2,078,857
2014  578,286  1,869,280  2,447,566
2015  827,190  1,875,093  2,702,283
2016  881,031  2,085,666  2,966,697
2017  831,324  2,111,085  3,042,409
2018  646,723  2,361,964  3,008,687
2019 (Jan-Sep)  512.750  2.064.100  2.576.850

Traffic statistics by country (2018)[29]Edit

Traffic by country Chania International Airport – Reporting Period : 2018
Place Country Arriving Pax Departing Pax Total Pax
1   Sweden 164,385 164,365 328,750
2   Great Britain 162,160 163,137 325,297
3   Norway 154,429 154,459 308,888
4   Denmark 147,764 151,220 298,984
5   Poland 108,060 107,675 215,735
6   Finland 96,759 97,974 194,733
7   Germany 84,093 84,101 168,194
8   Italy 43,192 42,528 85,720
9   Belgium 36,906 37,209 74,115
10   Cyprus 32,303 31,734 64,037

Transportation to and from the airportEdit

The airport can be easily reached by car, bus or taxi via the main road network. The city of Chania is about 22 minutes drive away.

Public Bus

Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the cities of Chania, Rethymno and other nearby destinations.

Single fare to/from the city of Chania is 2,5€.

Tickets can be purchased by the bus driver or here.

For more Information please contact:

Local Taxi

Single fare to the city of Chania is 25€.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT "I. DASKALOGIANNIS"". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Maleme - Maleme Airfield - German War Cemetery at Maleme". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Greek Airports Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  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. ^ "Το στο Αεροδρόμιο Χανίων – Εικόνες & βίντεο από τα έργα και τις αλλαγές".
  7. ^ Herman, Steve. "Trump Admits 'Unknown Territory' Awaits in Kim Summit". VOA. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  9. ^ "Charter schedule" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Flights to Nuremberg".
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Liu, Jim. "Corendon Airlines Europe S19 new routes/sectors". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (3 May 2018). "Ellinair schedules additional new routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d e f [1]
  15. ^ a b c d "Charter flights".
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  17. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings expands Stuttgart service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". 16 March 2018.
  19. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Luxair Adds New Leisure Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Flight Timetables – Oslo Airport". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  21. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Chania / Thessaloniki service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  22. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Poland service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  23. ^ Liu, Jim (9 October 2019). "SAS S20 Short-Haul network changes as of 08OCT19".
  24. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Travel Service Hungary Adds New Routes in S15". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Only Flight".
  26. ^ "Only Flight".
  28. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT (CHQ) - 2017 vs 2016",
  29. ^

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