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Santorini (Thira) International Airport

Santorini (Thira) International Airport is an airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece (IATA: JTR, ICAO: LGSR), located north of the village of Kamari. The airport serves both as a military and as a civil airport. With its relatively small apron, as of 2018 the airport is only able to serve up to 6 civilian planes at the same time. Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport. The tower (freq. 118.05) also serves as the approach / departure frequency[citation needed].

Santorini International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης
Santorini Airport.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek State
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
LocationKamari
Elevation AMSL127 ft / 39 m
Coordinates36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333Coordinates: 36°23′57.01″N 25°28′45.60″E / 36.3991694°N 25.4793333°E / 36.3991694; 25.4793333
WebsiteSantorini Airport
Map
JTR is located in Greece
JTR
JTR
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 6,972 2,125 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers2,254,926
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 16.8%
Aircraft movements20,360
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 19.5%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

The airport is located about 6 km southeast of the centre of the city of Thira. The main asphalt runway (16L-34R) is 6972 feet/2125m in length. The parallel taxiway was built to runway specification and is labeled 16R-34L. The airfield can accommodate medium sized jets like the Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 series as well as smaller aircraft such as the Avro RJ, Fokker 70, and ATR 72. Scheduled airlines include Ryanair, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, with seasonal scheduled and charter flights from other airlines during the higher seasons in spring, summer and fall. Transportation to and from the air terminal is through buses, taxis, hotel car-pickups and rental cars.

HistoryEdit

 
Kamari town and Santorini International Airport

The airport first operated in 1972.[3]

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

Future of the airportEdit

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the Santorini International Airport.[6][7]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that will be implemented for Santorini International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan by 2020:[8]

  • Expanding and remodelling the current terminal
  • 236% increase in total terminal space at 15,640 m2, by replacing part of the current terminal and constructing a new terminal
  • 113% increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 17)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)
  • 20% increase in the number of departure gates (from 5 to 6)
  • 250% increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 7)
  • 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
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean AirlinesAthens
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade[9]
Blu-expressSeasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–City, London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt,[10] Munich
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart,[11] Vienna
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lauda Seasonal: Vienna[12]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[13] Munich
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa,[14] Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo–Gardermoen[15]
Olympic AirAthens
Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Ryanair Seasonal: Athens[16]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen,[15] Gothenburg,[17] Stavanger,[15] Stockholm–Arlanda,[17] Trondheim[15]
Sky Express Seasonal: Athens
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Nantes, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Athens
Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux,[18] Genoa, Lyon (begins 22 April 2020),[19] Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Toulouse, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence, Rome–Fiumicino
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut[20]

Traffic figuresEdit

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[21] until 2016 and from the airport's official website from 2017 thereafter.[22]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 175,152 225,896 401,048
1995  188,461  257,978  446,439
1996  188,778  246,680  435.458
1997  208,195  263,735  471,930
1998  209,505  286,809  496,314
1999  225,160  353,193  578,353
2000  302,072  373,428  675,500
2001  288,084  387,659  675,743
2002  221,040  357,797  578,837
2003  207,695  326,232  533,927
2004  245,577  302,564  548,141
2005  269,371  341,913  611,284
2006  316,973  361,262  678,235
2007  359,950  386,724  746,674
2008  360,670  371,484  732,154
2009  356,040  343,068  699,108
2010  354,872  367,283  722,155
2011  377,473  408,074  785,547
2012  358,468  405,071  763,539
2013  403,687  494,466  898,153
2014  548,274  631,534  1,179,808
2015  771,193  724,697  1,495,890
2016  897,231  788,464  1,685,695
2017  1,022,117  908,894  1,928,295
2018  1,186,904  1,068,022  2,254,926
2019 (Jan-Sep)  1,009,506  980,601  1,990,107

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeppesen aerodrome charts
  2. ^ "SANTORINI AIRPORT". jtr-airport.gr. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Santorini Airport History". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  7. ^ "Santorini Airport - Fraport".
  8. ^ "Η Fraport αλλάζει ριζικά τα 14 αεροδρόμια".
  9. ^ "Charter schedule" (PDF). aviolet.rs.
  10. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Condor Adds New Greek Routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  11. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings S17 planned new routes as of 01SEP16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  13. ^ Lufthansa begin new seasonal service to Santorini in 2018
  14. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  15. ^ a b c d "Flight". apollo.no.
  16. ^ "Ryanair W19 Network changes summary as of 04OCT19". routesonline.com.
  17. ^ a b "Flight". apollo.se.
  18. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Volotea S17 New routes as of 10OCT16". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  19. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 network additions as of 10OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Welcome to Nakhal Online Booking System". www.nakhalonline.com.
  21. ^ "SANTORINI AIRPORT", ypa.gr
  22. ^ "SANTORINI AIRPORT (JTR) Air Traffic statistics", jtr-airport.gr

External linksEdit

  Media related to Santorini Airport at Wikimedia Commons