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Kavala International Airport "Alexander the Great" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας «Μέγας Αλέξανδρος»,[2] Kratikós Aeroliménas Kaválas "Mégas Aléxandros") (IATA: KVA, ICAO: LGKV) is an airport located in the municipality of Nestos, in Greece.

Kavala International Airport "Alexander The Great"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας, "Μέγας Αλέξανδρος"
Kavala International Airport 4.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Elevation AMSL18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates40°54′48″N 024°37′09″E / 40.91333°N 24.61917°E / 40.91333; 24.61917
KVA is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 3,000 9,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 20.4%
Aircraft movements4,151
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 8.3%



The terminal
The airport's interior

The airport was originally located closer to Kavala, in the installations of the Greek Air Force, near the village of Amygdaleonas, where it began its operations in 1952 as Kavala National Airport. On 12 October 1981, it was moved near the town of Chrysoupoli, where it operates today. The relocation greatly improved the service to the nearby island of Thasos and the city of Xanthi, in addition to the continued service to the cities of Kavala and Drama.

Alexander the Great statue, Kavala airport Megas Alexandros

The airport was initially used only for domestic flights, as the original name implies. In December 1987, by a joint decision of the Minister of Presidency and the Minister for Transport and Communications it was renamed to Kavala International Airport to be again renamed in January 1992 to Kavala International Airport "Megas Alexandros", by a decision of the Minister for Transport and Communications.

At the beginning of its operation at its new location, the building infrastructure of the airport included only a terminal building. The control Tower, the fire station and the other installations were built later. A small extension to the terminal building was added in 1992. The runway had been built, with the same dimensions that it has today. In 1998 extensive works began for new building infrastructure and today the airport of Kavala is functioning as a single upgraded total (old and new installations together), including all modern facilities for service both to airlines and passengers, contributing to the growth of East Macedonia and Thrace.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Kavala 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.[3] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[4] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Kavala International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

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 Kavala.[5]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the launch of the 2017 summer season include :

  • 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

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will start in October 2017 and will be implemented for Kavala International Airport, under Fraport-Greece’s investment plan, by 2021 :

  • Terminal expansion by 2,029 m²
  • Remodeling the current terminal
  • HBS inline screening
  • Refurbishing and expanding the fire station
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 20 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 10)

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk[6]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna
Finnair Seasonal charter: Helsinki (begins 16 May 2020)[7]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen (begins 5 June 2020)[8]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick (begins 20 May 2020)[9]
Olympic Air Athens
Ryanair Seasonal: Poznań
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[10] Oslo–Gardermoen,[11] Stockholm–Arlanda[10]
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava, Prague[12]
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice,[13] Warsaw–Chopin[13]
Smartwings Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava[14]
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London–Gatwick (ends 27 September 2019),[15] Manchester (ends 27 September 2019)[15]
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam[16]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Tus Airways Seasonal charter: Larnaca[17]


The data taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the Fraport Greece website.

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2010 143,333 152,861 296,194
2011  93,271  159,036  252,307
2012  68,232  135,013  203,245
2013  64,545  144,855  209,400
2014  73,340  149,625  222,965
2015  78,745  165,000  243,745
2016  77,540  192,435  269,975
2017  75,284  262,679  337,963
2018  75,026  331,923  406,949
2019 (Jan-Jul)  39.761  130.026  169.787


"KTEL KAVALAS AE" is responsible for serving daily routes to the airport. The taxi fare from the airport to Kavala is approx. 38 euros.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "KAVALA AIRPORT "M.ALEXANDROS"". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καβάλας 'Μ. Αλέξανδρος' (ΚΑΚΒΑ)". Hellenic Civilian Aviation Authority. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport |".
  4. ^ "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport".
  5. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  6. ^ "Flights".
  7. ^ "Flight".
  8. ^ "Flight".
  9. ^ "Flights".
  10. ^ a b "Flight".
  11. ^ "Flight".
  12. ^ "Thassos".
  13. ^ a b "air and charter tickets".
  14. ^ Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ a b "Flight Timetable".
  16. ^ "Thassos".
  17. ^ "Charter Flights".

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