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Kalamata International Airport (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας) (IATA: KLX, ICAO: LGKL) "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" is an airport in the city of Kalamata, Greece. It mainly receives flights during the summer. In March 2013, Aegean Airlines opened a base in the airport.[3]

Kalamata International Airport
"Captain Vasilis Constantakopoulos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας

«Καπετάν Βασίλης Κωνσταντακόπουλος»
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGreek state
OperatorHCAA
LocationKalamata, Messinia, Greece
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates37°04′06″N 22°01′32″E / 37.06833°N 22.02556°E / 37.06833; 22.02556Coordinates: 37°04′06″N 22°01′32″E / 37.06833°N 22.02556°E / 37.06833; 22.02556
Map
KLX is located in Greece
KLX
KLX
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 8,868 2,703 Asphalt
17L/35R 9,436 2,876 (now taxiway)
Statistics (2018)
Passengers278,961
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 0.9%
Aircraft movements2,601
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 23.2%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

OverviewEdit

The airport is located between Kalamata and Messini on GR-82 (Pylos – Kalamata – Sparta) and west of the train tracks on the Pamisos River plain. The runway is about 2.7 km long and runs from north to south from the highway north to the plain. The terminal lies to the east and is accessed with GR-7/E55/E65 (Kalamata – Tripoli – Corinth).

There is a military base of the Hellenic Air Force and an air-training department to the west of the runway.[4][better source needed] The air base uses the same runway as civilian aircraft.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

Kalamata International Airport was opened in 1959. Charter flights began to operate out of the airport in 1986 and a new terminal was built in 1991. The same year Hellenic Civil Aviation took over as operator of the airport. In 2012 the airport was renamed after Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 16 October 1971 an NAMC YS-11 turboprop regional airliner of Olympic Airways was hijacked. It had departed from Kalamata International Airport to Hellinikon International Airport. There was one hijacker, who demanded to be taken to Lebanon. All 64 passengers and crew survived after the aircraft was stormed and the hijacker arrested. The hijacking lasted less than a day.[12]
  • In November 2001, fourteen plane spotters (twelve British and two Dutch) were arrested by the police after being observed photographing aircraft at the air base.[13]

Ground TransportEdit

The airport has been criticised for the lack of public transport.[14] The only way to reach the airport is by car, taxi or bus.[15] A stop on the adjacent train line to Messini and Kalamata is not operational.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LGKL/JEPPESEN KALAMATA, GREECE, Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. ^ "KALAMATA AIRPORT "CAPTAIN VASSILIS CONSTANTAKOPOULOS"". ypa.gr. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Δελτία τύπου – About Aegean".
  4. ^ "Greek Airfield Bombed". The Mercury. CLVIII, (22, 686). Tasmania. 17 August 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ British Airways Inaugural London Flight Lands in Kalamata, By Gregory Pappas, May 6, 2016, The Pappas Post, ...British Airways inaugurated its new London to Kalamata non-stop service with the arrival of flight 644 from the airline's hub at Heathrow International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Numerous local officials were on hand to welcome the inaugural flight, which will run twice weekly service between London and the city in southern Greece...
  6. ^ http://www.aviation24.be/airlines/lufthansa-group/brussels-airlines/launches-new-destination-on-the-belgian-holiday-market-kalamata-in-the-greek-peloponnesus/
  7. ^ https://www.condor.com/eu/index.jsp
  8. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/273232/eurowings-boosts-austrian-routes-in-s17/
  9. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  10. ^ http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/europe/swiss-opens-new-seasonal-routes-departing-geneva/
  11. ^ "Book & Plan".
  12. ^ "Hijacking description NAMC YS-11 registration unknown, Athens". Aviation Safety Network.
  13. ^ "British plane-spotters face spying charges.(Home news)", The Times (London, England), NI Syndication Limited: 13, 12 November 2001, ISSN 0140-0460, ...Byline: Philip Pank TWELVE plane-spotters from Britain face possible imprisonment in Greece after they were arrested and charged with spying at a military airbase south of Athens...
  14. ^ Kalamata International Airport - Kalamatas, Messinia, Greece - Airport, Landmark & historical place, Facebook, 2016 Review:...Not even close to being an international airport.Poor building and infrastructure. Poor transport. Only taxi transport. The local buses have an uknown timetable. No info desk, no bus stop except a sign sprayed on the road, no shade at 40 celsius. Poor is being kind to this excuse of an airport...
  15. ^ [1], Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority - Our Airports - Kalamata Airport "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos"

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