Skiathos International Airport

Skiathos Alexandros Papadiamantis Airport (IATA: JSI, ICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot(1628 meters) runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767-200. 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, though it was however built on land already part of Skiathos. It is named after Alexandros Papadiamantis, a Greek novelist and native of the island.

Skiathos International Airport "Alexandros Papadiamantis"

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου «Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης»
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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 (2020)
Passengers88.916
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 80,1%
Aircraft movements1.600
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 61.7%

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 re-organisation and reworking of terminal
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas
  • Replacing sanitary facilities with newer systems
  • 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:

  • Expansion and reorganisation of the terminal building, alongside general clean-up of the apron area
  • Additional check-in desk for the current number (from 9 to 10)
  • Additional departure gate, expanding the current number of three to four
  • Addition of a brand-new security lane to the current one

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[9]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest (begins 22 June 2022)[10]
British Airways Seasonal: London–City
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich[11]
FinnairSeasonal: Helsinki
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 27 May 2022),[12] Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne.
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[13]
Luke Air Seasonal: Bergamo[14]
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Olympic Air Athens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen[15] Gothenburg,[16] Oslo,[17] Stavanger,[17] Stockholm–Arlanda[16]
Ryanair Seasonal: Pisa,[18] Vienna
Sky Express Athens
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,[19] Oslo[20] Stockholm–Arlanda[21]
TAROM Seasonal charter: Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest
TUI Airways[22] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands,[22] London–Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 2 May 2022),[23] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne[22]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Tus AirwaysSeasonal: Larnaca[24]
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona (begins 31 May 2022)[25]

Traffic figuresEdit

See source Wikidata query and sources.

The data taken from the official website of the airport.[26]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
2009  16,470  218,601  235,071
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  55.535  390.684  446.219
2020  19.541  69.375  88.916
2021(Aug)  24.032  118.272  142.304

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
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  12. ^ "Jet2 reveals four new routes from Edinburgh, its eighth-largest base". anna.aero. 8 January 2021.
  13. ^ https://businessinsider.com.pl/firmy/wakacje-2020-lot-poleci-do-kurortow-w-grecji-hiszpanii-i-wloch/zz5f5ew
  14. ^ https://italiavola.com/2021/06/10/luke-air-blue-panorama-la-programma-estiva-e-stata-ridotta/
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  23. ^ https://www.tui.co.uk/flight/timetable
  24. ^ https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/tus-air-flights-to-greek-islands-from-65-euros/
  25. ^ 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/
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