Chania International Airport

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Chania International Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Χανίων, "Δασκαλογιάννης"
Chania airport.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerHellenic Civil Aviation Authority
OperatorFraport Greece
ServesChania, Crete
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL149 m / 490 ft
Coordinates35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972Coordinates: 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E / 35.53167°N 24.14972°E / 35.53167; 24.14972
CHQ is located in Greece
Location in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,347 10,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 2.6%
Aircraft movements19.512
Aircraft movements changeIncrease 1.2%

Chania International Airport "Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQ, ICAO: LGSA) is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the Akrotiri peninsula of the Greek island of Crete, serving the city of Chania, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) away. Moreover, it is a gateway to western Crete for an increasing number of tourists. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century and is a joint civil–military airport. It is the fifth busiest airport in Greece.


The focus on civil aviation for the west of Crete has not always been on the current location. It was the airport of Maleme that served civil flights up to 1959, and dating back to the end of Second World War.

Maleme (Military) Airport was constructed by the British Military, shortly before the Second World War. When the war was over, the facility was used as the main public airport of Chania.

In 1959, this activity was transferred to the military airport of Souda. 1967 saw the construction of the first passenger terminal and parking space for two aircraft. In 1974, the airport also began to serve international flights. Because of insufficient capacity, there was the need for a new terminal building. Eventually, in 1996, the new terminal was ready, measuring a surface area of 14,650 square metres (157,700 sq ft), with 6 aircraft stands in front. It has a design capacity of 1.35 million passengers per year. In 2000, it was officially named Ioannis Daskalogiannis.

The airport is also intensively used by the Hellenic Air Force. [2][3]

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

In June 2018[6] completed by Fraport Greece, the new aircraft layouts, which are now using push back, for doubling the parking space, the passenger safety area has been expanded, with the increase in hand baggage checkers from 5 to 8 and the Duty Free store space increased from 400 sq.m. at 1,200 sq. meters, the VIP space was moved to increase the boarding gates from 14 to 16 and the dividing walls in the departure halls were removed in order to have a space of 3,000 sq. meters, a new pumping station was built and network (about 3.5 km) and connected to the municipal sewage network, electromechanical installations (new MCCs, new wiring, new luminaires, new electrical panels, etc.) were optimized, the Apron lighting was upgraded, the WC has been renovated, with the purpose of increase the toilets in the Extra Schengen area and the escalator was moved to a new location, in order to manage better the available spaces.

On June 10, 2018, Air Force One carrying U.S. President Donald Trump stopped for refueling in Chania during Trump's flight from the G7 meeting in Quebec to the historic meeting in Singapore with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un.[7]

Future of the Airport – Fraport Greece’s investment plan[edit]

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

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the summer of 2019 :

  • 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
  • Rearranging the terminal’s internal utilization
  • Rearranging the departure gate lounge
  • Expanding the security control area
  • HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline screening
  • Expanding the waste water treatment plant or connection to municipal service
  • Reorganizing the apron area
  • Refurbishing the airside pavement
  • 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 8 to 10)
  • Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 8)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Lappeenranta, Luleå, Malmö, Umeå, Skellefteå, Sundsvall, Visby, Alta, Kristiansund, Kristiansand, Bergen, Odense, Kajaani, Vaasa, Tampere, Jyväskylä, Savonlinna, Kuopio, Tel Aviv, Sundsvall, Jönköping, Karlstad[9]
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Helsinki[9]
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
ASL Airlines FranceSeasonal charter: Manchester
Astra Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blue Air Seasonal charter: Larnaca, Bucharest[10]
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[11]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Danish Air TransportSeasonal charter: Aarhus, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Karup, Billund
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Lyon, Nice
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[12]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich[13]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Katowice, Krakow[9]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[14] Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart[15]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki, Oulu
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Zürich Seasonal: Birmingham (begins 7 May 2019),[16] Leeds/Bradford (begins 5 May 2019),[16] London-Stansted (begins 3 May 2019),[16] Manchester (begins 7 May 2019)[16]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Kalmar, Norrkoping, Orebro, Vaxjo, Helsinki
Laudamotion Seasonal: Vienna[17]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[18]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal charter: Bodø, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tromsø, Trondheim, Visby, Haugesund, Oulu[9]
Novair Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen,[19] Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim, Sandefjord[9]
Ryanair Paphos, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bergamo,[20] Birmingham, Bremen, Bristol, Charleroi, Bucharest (begins 3 April 2019), Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hahn, Kraków,[21] Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Naples, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Sofia (begins 2 June 2019), Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Katowice[9]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Bergen, Bodø, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Lulea, Gothenburg, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Umea, Ålesund, Molde, Billund, Harstad[9]
Sky Express Athens
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Tallinn, Riga[9]
SmartWings Seasonal: Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines ScandinaviaSeasonal charter: Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kalmar, Malmo, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda
TAROMSeasonal charter: Bucharest, Iași, Cluj-Napoca[9]
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia FranceSeasonal: Paris-Orly
Travel Service HungarySeasonal charter: Budapest[22]
Travel Service PolskaSeasonal: Budapest, Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Katowice
TUI AirwaysSeasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg[23]
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels, Ostend
TUI fly NetherlandsSeasonal: Amsterdam[9]
TUI fly NordicSeasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Wings of LebanonSeasonal charter: Beirut[9]

Traffic figures[edit]

The data token from Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)[24] until 2016 and from 2017 and later from the official website of the airport.[25]

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 204,360 621,986 826,346
1995 Increase220,910 Increase669,516 Increase890,426
1996 Increase244,146 Decrease587,106 Decrease831,252
1997 Increase301,471 Increase622,689 Increase924,160
1998 Decrease292,504 Increase676,687 Increase969,191
1999 Increase414,429 Increase816,045 Increase1,230,474
2000 Increase515,093 Increase901,710 Increase1,416,803
2001 Decrease395,864 Increase1,033,118 Increase1,428,982
2002 Decrease331,521 Increase1,053,058 Decrease1,384,579
2003 Increase413,541 Increase1,066,112 Increase1,479,653
2004 Decrease382,224 Decrease1,064,153 Decrease1,446,377
2005 Increase401,141 Increase1,111,628 Increase1,512,769
2006 Increase437,403 Increase1,323,556 Increase1,760,959
2007 Increase514,318 Increase1,368,516 Increase1,882,834
2008 Increase522,658 Decrease1,343,923 Decrease1,866,581
2009 Increase575,687 Decrease1,219,779 Decrease1,795,466
2010 Decrease468,279 Decrease1,186,585 Decrease1,654,864
2011 Decrease449,211 Increase1,325,497 Increase1,774,708
2012 Decrease397,661 Increase1,435,313 Increase1,832,974
2013 Decrease379,280 Increase1,699,577 Increase2,078,857
2014 Increase578,286 Increase1,869,280 Increase2,447,566
2015 Increase827,190 Increase1,875,093 Increase2,702,283
2016 Increase881,031 Increase2,085,666 Increase2,966,697
2017 Decrease831,324 Increase2,111,085 Increase3,042,409
2018* Decrease541,423 Increase2,350,379 Decrease2,891,802

*The 2018 data is for the year to October [26]

Traffic statistics by country (2017)[27][edit]

Traffic by country Chania International Airport – Reporting Period : 11.04.2017 – 31.12.2017
Place Country Arriving Pax Departing Pax Total Pax %Pax Share
1 Greece Greece 305,309 308,478 613,787 22.1%
2 Sweden Sweden 176,625 177,436 354,061 12.8%
3 Norway Norway 150,173 149,748 299,921 10.8%
4 United Kingdom United Kingdom 147,764 151,220 298,984 10.8%
5 Denmark Denmark 143,619 287,057 306,483 10.3%
6 Poland Poland 80,174 80,013 160,187 5.8%
7 Finland Finland 75,171 76,458 151,629 5.5%
8 Germany Germany 71,039 70,806 141,845 5.1%
9 Italy Italy 47,690 47,194 94,884 3.4%
10 Belgium Belgium 40,535 42,837 83,372 3.0%

Transportation to and from the airport[edit]

The airport can be easily reached by car via the main road network. The city of Chania is about 20 minutes drive away.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT "I. DASKALOGIANNIS"". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Maleme - Maleme Airfield - German War Cemetery at Maleme". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Greek Airports Guide". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport -". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Το στο Αεροδρόμιο Χανίων – Εικόνες & βίντεο από τα έργα και τις αλλαγές".
  7. ^ Herman, Steve. "Trump Admits 'Unknown Territory' Awaits in Kim Summit". VOA. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k [1]
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Flight timetables search". Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (3 May 2018). "Ellinair schedules additional new routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. ^
  14. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. s17/ "Eurowings adds new routes to Cyprus/Greece in S17" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  15. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings expands Stuttgart service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d "Timetable". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". 16 March 2018.
  18. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Luxair Adds New Leisure Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Flight Timetables – Oslo Airport". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  20. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Chania / Thessaloniki service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  21. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Ryanair expands Poland service in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  22. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Travel Service Hungary Adds New Routes in S15". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Only Flight".
  25. ^ "CHANIA AIRPORT (CHQ) - 2017 vs 2016",
  26. ^ "Air Traffic". : HCAA & FRG Traffic Data Management.
  27. ^

External links[edit]

Media related to Chania International Airport at Wikimedia Commons