Corfu International Airport

Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας "Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας") or Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistrias) International Airport (IATA: CFU, ICAO: LGKR) is a government-owned airport on the Greek island of Corfu at Kerkyra, serving both scheduled and charter flights from European cities. Air traffic peaks during the summer season, between April and October.

Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας

"Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας"
Corfu airport logo.svg
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek Government
OperatorFraport Greece
LocationGaritsa, Corfu
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167Coordinates: 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167
CFU is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,785 2,373 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 2.6%
Aircraft movements25,312
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 3.8%
Source: Greek AIP at HCAA[1]
Statistics: Fraport Greece[2]

The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, named after Ioannis Kapodistrias, a distinguished Corfiot diplomat and the first governor of Greece,[3] is located around 2 kilometres south of Corfu Town, half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The approach and landing, in a northeasterly direction, offer the flying passengers a spectacular aerial view of Pontikonisi and Vlaherna Monastery as well as the hills of Kanoni as the runway used for landing is actually a few hundred metres away from these landmarks.


Check-in at Corfu Airport
Travel Service Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Corfu International Airport

The airport was founded in 1937. During the Second World War, it was used by German and Italian forces as a base for transport and fighter aircraft. During the war the runway length was 600 m. By the end of April 1949, the length had reached 800 m. A further extension to 1,260 m took place by the end of 1951 to meet the then larger aircraft needs. The next and last extension of the runway began in 1957 and was completed in 1959, with a length of 2,373m. The first commercial flight took place on 19 April 1949 from Athens operated by TAE Greek National Airlines. On 2 September 1950, HELLAS also started flights to Corfu. In 1962, a small passenger terminal was built, which today accommodates the Corfu Aeroclub. In April 1965, the airport became International, with the inaugural overseas flight being operated by Olympic Airlines. The construction of the new passenger terminal began in 1968 and was completed in 1972.[4]

In December 2015, the privatisation of Corfu International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement (as a joint venture) between Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group and state privatisation fund Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Corfu International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Fraport Greece’s investment planEdit

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

Immediate actions that were implemented as soon as Fraport-Greece took over operations included a general clean up of the airport, improving lighting and sanitary facilities and the markings of airside areas, as well as offering free WiFi and ensuring fire safety standards are met throughout the airport and surrounding property.

The master plan also included changes which will be implemented under Fraport-Greece's investment plan prior to 2021. They include the remodeling and expansion of the current terminal as well as the construction of a new one. A Hold Baggage inline Screening System (HBS) will improve safety and efficiency, along with the refurbishment of the airport fire service, which will benefit from the reorganization of the airport apron area including the replacement of paving in this area. Also planned is the increase of the number of check-in desks from 22 to 28, and the number of departure gates to 12, as well as reorganisation of the security check lanes in the terminal.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[8]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan–Linate,[9] Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick,[10] London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle,[11] Munich, Stuttgart[12]
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv[13]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam,[14] Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam,[15] Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne,[16] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Kiev–Zhuliany,[17] Moscow–Vnukovo, Saint Petersburg[18]
Enter Air Seasonal: Katowice[19]
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Linz,[20] Munich, Salzburg,[20] Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[21]
Freebird Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[22]
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv Seasonal: Belfast–International,[23] Birmingham,[24] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[25] Kraków, Lublin,[26] Poznań,[27] Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław[28]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki,[29] Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air Athens[30]
Ryanair[31] Seasonal: Bergamo, Berlin–Tegel, Birmingham, Bologna, Bratislava, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin (begins 20 August 2020),[32] Düsseldorf, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Liverpool,[33] London–Southend, London–Stansted, Manchester, Naples ,[34] Poznań, Prague,[35] Vienna,[36] Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Wroclaw[37]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda[38]
Sky Express Athens, Preveza, Thessaloniki
SkyUp Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil[39]
Smartwings[40] Seasonal: Brno,[41] Ostrava, Prague
Smartwings Hungary Seasonal: Budapest,[42] Debrecen[43]
Smartwings Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Poznan
Smartwings Slovakia Seasonal: Bratislava[40]
Seasonal charter: Košice
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Gothenburg[38]
Sundair Seasonal: Dresden[44]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Transavia France Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International,[45] Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[46]
Seasonal charter: Dublin[47]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges[48]
Seasonal charter: Brest, Dole[49]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn,[50] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda[51]
Widerøe Seasonal charter: Trondheim[52]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Dortmund ,[53] London–Luton ,[54] Milan–Malpensa ,[55] Vienna,[56] Warsaw–Chopin
Volotea Seasonal: Athens (ends 28 August 2020), Bordeaux, Genoa, Lyon (begins 11 April 2021),[57] Marseille, Nantes, Palermo,[58] Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[59]
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo,[60] Saint Petersburg[60]

Traffic figuresEdit

The data are from the official website of the airport.[61]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2009  305,554  1,487,011  1,792,565
2010  282,362  1,462,399  1,744,761
2011  264,338  1,579,835  1,844,173
2012  231,215  1,683,307  1,914,522
2013  217,299  1,889,528  2,106,827
2014  236,995  2,146,383  2,383,378
2015  252,506  2,185,510  2,438,016
2016  298,810  2,465,749  2,764,559
2017  295,745  2,622,205  2,917,950
2018  340,318  3,023,797  3,364,115
2019  342.844  2.933.053  3.275.897
2020 (Jul)  82.669  134.278  216.947

Ground transportEdit

By car or taxi Corfu Airport is located 2.7 km from the city of Corfu and takes about 10 minutes. Bus services are provided between the airport and the city centre.[62]

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Corfu International Airport at Wikimedia Commons