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Samos International Airport (also known as Aristarchos) (IATA: SMI, ICAO: LGSM) is an airport on Samos Island, Greece.

Samos International Airport "Aristarchos of Samos"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος ο Σάμιος»
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
ServesVathy
LocationSamos Island, Greece
Elevation AMSL19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167Coordinates: 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167
Websitewww.smi-airport.gr
Map
SMI is located in Greece
SMI
SMI
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers462,749
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 12.8%
Aircraft movements6,203
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 9.4%
Sources:HCAA,[1] World Aero Data [1]

The airport is named after Aristarchos of Samos, an ancient astronomer and mathematician, and lies within 5 km from the nearby town of Pythagorio. The airport features a single short runway serving both arrivals and departures. The airports surroundings leave little room for error or mistake on the behalf of the pilots – with nearby mountains and sea at the end of the short runway. There are often strong Meltemi winds blowing from the north during the summer months which further contribute to the difficulty of the landing. There is only one terminal within the airport. There are five boarding gates, none of which have jet-bridges. Passenger facilities are split across two floors and include a duty-free shop and a small café.

HistoryEdit

The airport first operated in May 1976[2] and during the late 1990s/early 2000s, the terminal was renovated – the capacity of the airport was increased to deal with increasing passenger numbers and the terminal was renovated.

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

Future investmentEdit

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Samos.[5]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be started in October 2017 and will be implemented for Samos International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan until 2021:

  • 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
  • Expanding and remodeling the current terminal
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • 19 percent increase in the total size of the terminal at 9,605m2
  • 40 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 10 to 14)
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 4 to 5)
  • 50 percent increase in the number of security lanes (from 2 to 3)

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Traffic figuresEdit

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[14] until 2016 and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport.[15]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 121.370 296.640 418.010
1995  132.269  282.192  414.461
1996  141.864  264.430  406.294
1997  149.564  263.334  412.898
1998  146.056  277.498  423.554
1999  189.132  314.704  503.836
2000  180.446  287.948  468.394
2001  154.004  304.686  458.690
2002  141.362  283.488  424.850
2003  142.212  266.835  409.047
2004  153.067  240.562  393.629
2005  155.534  236.593  392.127
2006  190.879  260.039  450.918
2007  216.605  265.382  481.987
2008  204.873  266.993  471.866
2009  216.174  230.968  447.142
2010  193.530  217.035  410.565
2011  172.672  236.048  408.720
2012  149.664  214.984  364.648
2013  136.641  207.076  343.717
2014  151.107  245.201  396.308
2015  149.302  253.848  403.150
2016  153.240  193.540  346.780
2017  161,313  248,972  410,331
2018  172,622  290,127  462,749
2019 (Jan-Sep)  141,975  282,472  424,447

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SAMOS AIRPORT "ARISTARCHOS OF SAMOS"". ypa.gr. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/13859-greece-signs-privatization-of-14-regional-airports-with-germany-s-fraport-for-e1-2-bln.html
  4. ^ http://uk.reuters.com/article/eurozone-greece-privatisation-idUKL8N1431P720151214
  5. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  6. ^ "Charter schedule" (PDF). aviolet.rs.
  7. ^ "Timetable".
  8. ^ a b "Only Flight". tui.dk.
  9. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/282242/neos-schedules-new-european-routes-in-s19/
  10. ^ "SmartWings Contact". smartwings.com.
  11. ^ https://biletylotnicze.itaka.pl/
  12. ^ a b "Only Flight". tui.se.
  13. ^ "Only Flight". tui.no.
  14. ^ "SAMOS AIRPORT ARISTARCHOS OF SAMOS", ypa.gr
  15. ^ "SAMOS AIRPORT (SMI) - 2017 vs 2016", smi-airport.gr
  16. ^ ASN Aircraft Accident Shorts 330-200 SX-BGE