Corfu International Airport

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Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας
"Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας"
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Greek Government
Operator Fraport Greece
Serves Corfu
Location Garitsa, Corfu
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167Coordinates: 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167
Map
CFU is located in Greece
CFU
CFU
Location in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,785 2,373 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,918,434
Passenger traffic change Increase 5.1%
Aircraft movements 22,547
Aircraft movements change Increase 8.7%
Source: Greek AIP at HCAA[1]
Statistics: Fraport Greece[2]

Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας "Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας") or Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistrias) International Airport (IATA: CFU, ICAO: LGKR) is a government-owned airport on the Greek island of Corfu at Kerkyra, serving both scheduled and charter flights from European cities. Air traffic peaks during the summer season, between April and October.

The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, named after Ioannis Kapodistrias, a distinguished Corfiot diplomat and the first governor of Greece,[3] is located around 2 kilometres south of Corfu Town, half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The approach and landing, in a northeasterly direction, offer the flying passengers a spectacular aerial view of Pontikonisi and Vlaherna Monastery as well as the hills of Kanoni as the runway used for landing is actually a few hundred metres away from these landmarks.

History[edit]

Check-in at Corfu Airport
Travel Service Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Corfu International Airport

The airport was founded in 1937. During Second World War it was used by German and Italian forces as a base for transport and fighter aircraft. During the war the runway length was 600m. By the end of April 1949 the length had reached 800m. A further extension to 1260m took place by the end of 1951 to meet the then larger aircraft needs. The next and last extension of the runway began in 1957 and was completed in 1959, with a length of 2,373m. The first commercial flight took place on 19 April 1949 from Athens operated by TAE Greek National Airlines. On 2 September 1950 HELLAS also started flights to Corfu. In 1962 a small passenger terminal was built, which today accommodates the Corfu Aeroclub. In April 1965 the airport became International, with the inaugural overseas flight being operated by Olympic Airlines. The construction of the new passenger terminal began in 1968 and was completed in 1972.[4]

In December 2015 the privatisation of Corfu International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement (as a joint venture) between Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group and state privatisation fund Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Corfu International Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.

Future of Corfu International Airport - Fraport Greece’s investment plan[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including Corfu International Airport.[7]

Immediate actions that were implemented as soon as Fraport-Greece took over operations included a general clean up of the airport, improving lighting and sanitary facilities and the markings of airside areas, as well as offering free WiFi and ensuring fire safety standards are met throughout the airport and surrounding property.

The master plan also included changes which will be implemented under Fraport-Greece’s investment plan prior to 2021. They include the remodeling and expansion of the current terminal as well as the construction of a new one. A Hold Baggage inline Screening System (HBS) will improve safety and efficiency, along with the refurbishment of the airport fire service, which will benefit from the reorganization of the airport apron area including the replacement of paving in this area. Also planned is the increase of the number of check-in desks from 22 to 28, the number of departure gates to 12, as well as reorganisation of the security check lanes in the terminal.

Transport[edit]

By Car or taxi Corfu Airport is located 2.7 km from the city of Corfu and takes about 10 minutes. Bus services are provided between the Airport and the city centre.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Moscow-Domodedovo[9]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate[10], Rome–Fiumicino (begins 7 August 2018)
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal Charter: Yerevan
ASL Airlines FranceSeasonal Charter: Manchester[citation needed]
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blue Air Seasonal Charter: Larnaca
Blu-express Seasonal: Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow [11]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia
Condor Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover Leipzig/Halle [12], Munich, Stuttgart [13]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam [14], Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel , Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne [15], Paris–Charles de Gaulle,
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Ellinair Seasonal: Bari, Kiev–Boryspil, Krasnodar, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Nizhny Novgorod,[16] Riga, Rostov-on-Don-Platov[17], Saint Petersburg, Tallinn [18], Vilnius[19] Voronezh[19]
Enter Air Seasonal charter:Katowice
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Linz,[20] Munich, Salzburg,[20] Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki [21]
Germania Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel[22], Bremen, Erfurt/Weimar
Germania Flug Seasonal Zurich
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham ,[23] East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 9 May 2019),[24] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Laudamotion Seasonal: Düsseldorf[25]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Helsinki [26]
Olympic Air Athens [27]
Ryanair[28] Seasonal: Bergamo, Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Katowice, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, London-Southend (begins 2 April 2019), Manchester, Poznań, Pisa, Prestwick, Rome–Ciampino, Rome–Fiumicino, Rzeszów, Treviso, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Sky Express Athens, Preveza, Thessaloniki
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Katowice[29]
SmartWings[30] Seasonal: Bratislava,[30] Budapest,[31] Brno [32], Ostrava, Prague
Sun D'Or Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted[33], Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen [34]
Travel Service Polska Seasonal: Katowice
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Košice
TUI Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International [35], Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich [36]
Seasonal charter: Dublin
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Ostend/Bruges[37]
Seasonal charter: Brest, Dole [38]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse, Palermo [39], Turin, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino [40]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Warsaw–Chopin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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