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Skiathos International Airport

Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’ (IATA: JSI, ICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. The runway is characterised as 'short and narrow'. Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta (a former leper colony) effectively joining the two islands into one larger island.

Skiathos International Airport "Alexandros Papadiamantis"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου «Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης»
Transavia Airlines Boeing 737-800 being welcomed at Skiathos by planespotters.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek State
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
LocationSkiathos, Greece
Elevation AMSL54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750Coordinates: 39°10′39″N 023°30′13.23″E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750
Websitejsi-airport.gr
Map
JSI is located in Greece
JSI
JSI
Location of airport in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 5,341 1,628 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers437,916
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 3.3%
Aircraft movements4,171
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 2.2%

The airport's short runway and its proximity to an adjacent public road have made it a popular destination for planespotters. It is often compared to Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Maarten since both airports offer the public an ability to legally experience landing approaches and takeoffs at very close range.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

The airport first operated in 1972.[4]

A passenger terminal and a new control tower was constructed in 1988. In 2001 the terminal was closed down by a minor earthquake, and a new passenger terminal opened in 2002, to better accommodate the growing number of passengers.

From 2019 as part of the Fraport construction works the airport has 2 current terminals. Terminal 1 was reconstructed and is currently the Domestic Terminal, and Terminal 2 is for international arrivals.

Skiathos Airport has no jetways, meaning, prior to the 2016 work, passengers walked the short distance from the aircraft to the terminal building, now, a collection of buses drive passengers the short distance.

From 2014, there was extension to the runway and a new taxiway was introduced. The runway was extended by 110 metres on the north side of the airport. An extension was added to the taxiway, for an additional 4–5 parking stands. The airport has the capacity for only 6 additional parking stands. This opened in 2016.

The island has only a roundabout at the airport, and 1 set of Traffic lights at the end of the runway.

In December 2015 the privatization of Skiathos Island National 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 privatization fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatization agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Skiathos Island National Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.[7]

Future of Skiathos International Airport - Fraport Greece’s investment planEdit

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including the Skiathos International Airport.[8]

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 be implemented for Skiathos International Airport under Fraport Greece’s investment plan by 2021 :

  • Extending and remodeling the current terminal
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • 39 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 9,511 m2 after an extension of the total size of the current buildings of the terminal
  • 11 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 9 to 10)
  • 33 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 4)
  • Doubling of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Traffic figuresEdit

The data taken from the official website of the airport.[20]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2010 16,880 213,609 230,489
2011  20,473  226,185  246,658
2012  18,465  236,440  254,905
2013  25,216  240,557  265,773
2014  32,097  283,300  315,397
2015  34,560  318,523  353,083
2016  44,174  350,827  395,001
2017  43,740  380,366  424,106
2018  48,228  389,688  437,916
2019 (Jan-Nov)  54,447  390,684  445.131

Ground transportEdit

Skiathos Airport is located 4.5 km from the city of Skiathos and is accessible either from Skiathos ringroad or the coast road. The journey to and from the city centre takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic. 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Skiathos Airport Terminal building.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SKIATHOS AIRPORT "A.PAPADIAMANTIS"". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqhYArauo3Q
  3. ^ "Passenger jets skim over tourists' heads at Skiathos Island Airport in Greece". Stuff. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport". tornosnews.gr. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". uk.reuters.com. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece Begins 40-Year Concession at 14 Greek Regional Airports". fraport-greece.com. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  9. ^ "Charter schedule" (PDF). aviolet.rs.
  10. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/destinations/birmingham-destinations-map. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ a b Liu, Jim (22 October 2019). "Jet2.com S20 new routes as of 18OCT19". routesonline.com.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (8 November 2019). "Lauda S20 Vienna network expansions as of 07NOV19". routesonline.com.
  13. ^ "Flight". apollorejser.dk.
  14. ^ a b "Flight". apollo.se.
  15. ^ a b "Flight". apollo.no.
  16. ^ "Flight". spies.dk.
  17. ^ "Flight". Ving.no.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  19. ^ https://www.volotea.com/it/sala-stampa/notizie/notizie/volotea-annuncia-a-verona-circa-1000000-di-posti-in-vendita-e-2-nuove-rotte-esclusive-per-preveza-lefkada-e-skiathos-per-un-totale-di-23-destinazioni-19-delle-quali-esclusive/
  20. ^ [https://www.jsi-airport.gr/en