Patras Araxos Airport

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Araxos Airport
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Αράξου
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Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Greek Armed Forces
Operator Hellenic Air Force and HCAA
Serves Patras and Pyrgos, Greece
Location Araxos
Elevation AMSL 46 ft / 14 m
Coordinates 38°09′04″N 021°25′32″E / 38.15111°N 21.42556°E / 38.15111; 21.42556
Website www.hcaa.gr
Map
LGRX is located in Greece
LGRX
LGRX
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 3,352 10,997 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 127,650[1]
Passenger traffic change Decrease 13.49%
Aircraft movements 1,042
Aircraft movements change Decrease

Araxos Airport[6][7] (Greek: Αεροδρόμιο Αράξου) (IATA: GPA, ICAO: LGRX) is the airport of Patras, the third-largest city in Greece. It serves as a combined civilian and military airport and is located near the namesaking village of Araxos, Achaea. It is also known as Agamemnon Airport and primarily is used as an active air base for the Hellenic Air Force, with some civilian services to European destinations during the summer months. The airport facilities were very limited till the year 2007 when the construction of a new 1,477 m2 arrivals building was completed[8]. Today the airport terminal covers a total area of 2,300 m2.

116th Combat Wing[edit]

Araxos was established as a military airport in 1936, but construction of the runway was not completed until 1941, when it also became the site of the first radar installation in Greece.[9]

The airport has served as the home base of the Hellenic Air Force's 116th Combat Wing (116 Πτέρυγα Μάχης) since May 1969, and of its precursor the 116th Combat Group (116 Σμηναρχία Μάχης) since April 1962. It currently comprises the 336th Bomber Squadron and 335th Squadron[9]. The main aircraft used by both squadrons is F-16 Block 52+ Advanced.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga[10]
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal: Yerevan
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk
Bravo Airways Seasonal charter: Kiev-Zhuliany[11]
Nordavia Seasonal charter: Moscow–Sheremetyevo[12]
NordStar Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo[13]
Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Seasonal charter: Katowice[14]
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart
Tus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca [15]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[16]

Ground transport[edit]

Araxos airport is located 45 km west of the city of Patras and 60 km north of Pyrgos. There are bus services from Patras to Araxos[17]. There is no train connection.

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