Kos International Airport

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Kos International Airport "Hippocrates"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκράτης"
Kos airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Greek state
Operator Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
Serves Kos Island
Location Andimachia, Greece
Focus city for Aegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL 409 ft / 126 m
Coordinates 36°47′36.01″N 27°05′30″E / 36.7933361°N 27.09167°E / 36.7933361; 27.09167Coordinates: 36°47′36.01″N 27°05′30″E / 36.7933361°N 27.09167°E / 36.7933361; 27.09167
Website kgs-airport.gr
KGS is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 7,874 2,400 asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,320,590
Passenger traffic change Increase 20.7%
Aircraft movements 17,341
Aircraft movements change Increase 15.1%

Kos International Airport "Hippocrates" (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Κω "Ιπποκράτης") (IATA: KGS, ICAO: LGKO) is an airport serving the island of Kos, Greece. The airport is located near to Andimachia village. It is also the second-closest airport to Bodrum after Milas-Bodrum Airport.


The airport was opened on 4 April 1964. In 1974 the runway was extended to 2,400 metres. With the increased traffic at the airport in 1980 was built a new terminal building. In 1997, the terminal building was renovated and expanded.

In December 2015 the privatisation of Kos Island 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.[2] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[3] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Kos Island International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Future of the airport - Fraport Greece’s investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Kos.[4]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the 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 started in October 2017 and will be implemented for Kos International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan until 2021 :

  • New terminal
  • New fire station
  • Refurbishing/expanding the waste water treatment plant
  • 201 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 24,000 m2
  • 75 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 16 to 28)
  • 125 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 9)

To and From the airport[5][edit]

By Public Bus:[6] Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Kos, Mastichari, Kardamena and Kefalos. There is a public bus stop 50m from the terminal building. Tickets can be purchased by the bus driver.

By Taxi:[7] 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Kos Airport Terminal building. The journey from the Airport to Kos is about 30–35 minutes and the fare is normally 35.

By Car:[8] Kos Airport is located 24 km from the city of Kos and is easily accessible from the provincial road Kos-Kefalos.
The journey to and from the city centre takes about 30–35 minutes.
Mastichari is 7,4 km away from the airport and the journey from the Airport is about 8–10 minutes.
Kardamena is 6,5 km away from the airport and the journey takes about 8–10 minutes.
Kefalos is 17,6 km away from the airport and the journey from the Airport is about 20–25 minutes.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Athens
ASL Airlines FranceSeasonal charter: Manchester
Austrian AirlinesSeasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Linz
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki
Blue AirSeasonal Charter: Larnaca
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Blu-express Seasonal: Milan-Bergamo, Rome-Fiumicino[9]
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 15 May 2019)[10]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal:Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht/Aachen
easyJetSeasonal: Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, London-Gatwick, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
EurowingsSeasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Munich, Hannover, Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Seasonal: Berlin Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zürich[11]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow (begins 7 May 2019),[12] Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester
Jet TimeSeasonal Charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki
Laudamotion Seasonal: Düsseldorf[13]
Neos Seasonal: Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Verona[14]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Olympic Air Athens
Ryanair Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel (begins 1 April 2019)
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky Express Athens, Astypalaia, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Leros, Rhodes
Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Seasonal charter: Katowice[15]
SmartWings Seasonal: Brno, Budapest,[16] Ostrava, Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Trondheim
TransaviaSeasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam[17]
Travel Service Seasonal Charter: Brno, Budapest, Ostrava, Prague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 1 May 2019),[18] East Midlands, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Dublin[19]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Vienna
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven
TUI fly NordicSeasonal charter: Gothenburg, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
VoloteaSeasonal: Venice[20]
Vueling Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino

Traffic figures[edit]

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

Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 125,215 1,130,052 1,255,267
1995 Decrease141,283 Decrease1,015,148 Decrease1,156,431
1996 Increase150,271 Decrease892.154 Decrease1,042,425
1997 Increase153,151 Increase1,006,424 Increase1,159,575
1998 Decrease145,312 Increase1,044,604 Increase1,189,916
1999 Increase169,650 Increase1,274,656 Increase1,444,306
2000 Increase217,876 Increase1,360,280 Increase1,578,156
2001 Decrease200,614 Increase1,440,986 Increase1,641,600
2002 Decrease177,003 Decrease1,321,099 Decrease1,498,102
2003 Increase183,821 Decrease1,278,862 Decrease1,462,683
2004 Increase247,758 Decrease1,256,941 Increase1,504,699
2005 Increase255,077 Decrease1,207,698 Decrease1,462,775
2006 Decrease251,610 Increase1,321,507 Increase1,573,117
2007 Increase272,271 Increase1,369,410 Increase1,641,681
2008 Decrease264,276 Decrease1,351,177 Decrease1,615,453
2009 Decrease260,347 Decrease1,257,599 Increase1,517,946
2010 Decrease231,057 Increase1,396,183 Increase1,627,240
2011 Decrease220,921 Increase1,705,302 Increase1,926,223
2012 Decrease192,043 Decrease1,605,458 Decrease1,797,501
2013 Decrease175,422 Increase1,853,196 Increase2,028,618
2014 Increase189,750 Increase2,024,714 Increase2,214,464
2015 Increase201,000 Decrease1,942,860 Decrease2,143,860
2016 Increase205,695 Decrease1,695,800 Decrease1,901,495
2017 Increase234,023 Increase2,086,567 Increase2,320,590
2018* Increase208,451 Increase2,136,586 Increase2,345,037

*Data for 2018 are for January to September only.[23]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In 2013, an Air Explore Boeing 737 made an emergency landing due to the left engine overheating. Once taxied to the gate, the engine caught Fire. The pilot ordered an evacuation using the emergency slides either side of the aircraft. No one was injured during the incident.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KOS AIRPORT "IPPOKRATIS"". kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport - TornosNews.gr". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "REFILE-UPDATE 1-Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports", fraport-greece.com
  5. ^ "Airport information | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  6. ^ "By Public Bus | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  7. ^ "By Taxi | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  8. ^ "By Car | Kos Airport (KGS)". www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  9. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Blu Express adds new seasonal routes in S17". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  10. ^ http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/europe/british-airways-to-launch-new-service-to-kos/
  11. ^ "Germania - Book cheap flights - flygermania.com". www.germania.ch. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.jet2.com/en/cheap-flights/glasgow/kos?from=2019-05-07&to=2019-05-14&adults=2&children&infants=0&preselect=true
  13. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/la/en/cheap-flight-destinations
  14. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  15. ^ "P7 Kos to Katowice charter service schedule".
  16. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Smartwings Plans Hungary Operations June – Sep 2015". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  17. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Transavia Adds New Eindhoven Routes in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  19. ^ http://info.flightmapper.net/route/YY_KGS_DUB
  20. ^ volotea (25 October 2016). "VOLOTEA - Bookings, vacations, destinations, flights, routes". Volotea. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  21. ^ "KOS AIRPORT IPPOKRATIS", ypa.gr
  22. ^ "Air Traffic statistics", kgs-airport.gr
  23. ^ "Air Traffic statistics" (PDF). : HCAA & FRG Traffic Data Management. https://www.kgs-airport.gr. Retrieved 7 March 2018. External link in |publisher= (help)

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