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Heraklion International Airport
Heraklion International Airport
"Nikos Kazantzakis"

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Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGreek State
LocationHeraklion, Greece
Opened1937 (1937)
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL115 ft / 35 m
Coordinates35°20?23?N 25°10?49?E / 35.33972°N 25.18028°E / 35.33972; 25.18028Coordinates: 35°20?23?N 25°10?49?E / 35.33972°N 25.18028°E / 35.33972; 25.18028
HER is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,714 8,800 Asphalt
12/30 1,566 5,138 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 2.0%
Aircraft movements52,294
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 6.1%
Sources: Runways[1] Statistics: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR) is the primary airport on the island of Crete, Greece, and the country's second busiest airport after Athens International Airport. It is located about 5 km east of the main city centre of Heraklion, near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos. It is a shared civil/military facility. The airport is named after Heraklion native Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek writer and philosopher. Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is Crete's main and busiest airport, serving Heraklion (), Aghios Nikolaos ( ), Malia (M), Hersonissos (?), Stalida (?), Elounda (?) and other resorts.

A new airport for Heraklion, located 39 km to the south-east of the city at Kasteli, is under construction and due to open by 2025.[3] Once completed, the new Kasteli International Airport will replace the current Heraklion International Airport as the hub for central Crete.


The airport first opened in March 1939. This was then merely a piece of flat agricultural land. The first aeroplane (a Junkers Ju 52) carried the first passengers to the site. During the Second World War operations ceased, but in the fall of 1946 traffic resumed, introducing the DC-3 aircraft.[4]

At first, the airport only offered very basic service, with only primitive installations on the site, in the form of three tents, smoke for wind determination and storm lamps for runway lighting.

In 1947, the first (small) terminal was erected. Hellenic Airlines started commercial flights in 1948. At that time, a total of 4,000 people were served. The year 1953 saw the construction of a paved runway which was initially 1,850 meters long and oriented as 09/27. The next major event followed in 1954, when a four-engined DC-4 aircraft landed for the first time at the airport. In that year the airport handled approximately 18,000 passengers. From 1957 onward, the new Olympic Airways used the airport, starting services with the DC-6 aircraft. Jojo AIr also flew here but ended service on July 2, 2001.

From 1968 until 1971, the runway was extended to 2,680 meters and a new terminal and other facilities were constructed, essentially making it a new airport. On March 18, 1971, the first charter flight from abroad (British Airways) operated at the airport. The new airport itself was officially inaugurated on May 5, 1972.

Terminal Extension

The latest airport expansion projects began in October 2017. The projects will be entirely financed by the Duty Free Shops SA, in agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Hellenic Ministry of Waters, without any cost to the Greek government, include:[5][6][7][8]

  • the redesign of the layout of the ground and the first floors of the airport
  • the expansion of the terminal by 2,900 m2), an extension of 17 meters to the airside
  • the renovation of a further 8,000 m2) within the existing terminal
  • the increase in the number of gates for arrivals and departures of passengers
  • integration of the arrival hall
  • the modification of a luggage belt, so that passengers are not required to queues for their receipt
  • improve the operation of electronic ticketing
  • upgrading the video ad system
  • the modernization of air conditioning in the arrivals hall (budget 700.000 euros)

The latest extension began in October 2017 and was completed on 30 March 2018, in time for the airport's high season.[9][10][11]

Further events

Year Event
1973-1975 Construction of aircraft hangars and service roads
1988 Inauguration of new international departure and arrivals lounges (900 m2)
1992 Completion of new international arrivals lounge
1994 Operation of new international departures lounge (2,000 m2)
1996 Completion of airport expansion by 11,700 m2
1997 Operation of new international departures lounge (5,000 m2)
2005 Completion of airport expansion by 18,985 m2
2018 Expansion of the terminal by 2,900 m2 and renovation of a further 8,000 m2

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Berlin-Brandenburg (begins 3 April 2021),[12]Bordeaux, Brest,[13]Deauville, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva (resumes 7 May 2021),[12]Larnaca, London-Gatwick (resumes 1 May 2021),[12]Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan-Malpensa (resumes 24 May 2021),[12]Munich, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague (resumes 15 May 2021),[12]Tel Aviv, Toulouse, Vienna (resumes 8 May 2021),[12]Warsaw-Chopin (begins 16 May 2021),[12]Yerevan, Zürich[14]
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga[15]
Aircompany Armenia Seasonal: Yerevan
Air France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Moldova Seasonal charter: Chi?in?u[16]
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate,[17]Rome-Fiumicino[18]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Seasonal charter: Lyon,[19]Manchester[19]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz,[20]Linz,[20]Salzburg[20]
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest (begins 15 May 2021)[21]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Bergamo,[22]Bologna,[23]Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick[24]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[25]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia[26]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Katowice,[27]Kraków,[27]Pozna?,[27]Warsaw-Chopin[27]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Berlin-Brandenburg,[28]Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich (begins 1 May 2021) [29]
[30] Seasonal: Berlin-Brandenburg, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar,[31]Friedrichshafen,[31]Graz, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Katowice,[31]Leipzig/Halle, Linz, London-Gatwick (begins 10 June 2021),[32]Memmingen,[31]Munich,[31]Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Rostock,[31]Stuttgart, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin (begins 9 June 2021), Weeze (begins 3 May 2021),[31]Zurich
Seasonal charter: Iasi ,[31]Riga [31]
[33] Seasonal: Amsterdam, Brussels, Groningen, Maastricht/Aachen, Rotterdam/The Hague
Cyprus Airways Larnaca
Seasonal: Bratislava[34]
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin-Brandenburg, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Katowice, Kazan, Kharkiv, Kiev-Zhuliany, Lviv, Moscow-Vnukovo, Odessa, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Warsaw-Chopin[35]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice,[27]Warsaw-Chopin,[27]Wroc?aw[27]
Eurowings Seasonal: Berlin-Brandenburg, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Salzburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
flyBAIR Seasonal charter: Bern
FlyOne Seasonal charter: Chi?in?u[16]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle [36]
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv[37]
Jet2.com[38] Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol (begins 4 May 2021),[39]East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Katowice,[40]Pozna?,[40]Warsaw-Chopin,[40]Wroc?aw[40]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[41]Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos[42] Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona
NordStar Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Nordwind Airlines[43] Seasonal charter: Kaliningrad, Kaluga ,[43]Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody ,[43]Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, Berlin-Brandenburg,[44]Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Thessaloniki (begins 18 December 2020),[45]Vienna[46]
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[47]
Sky Express Athens, Kos, Rhodes, Zakynthos[48]
Seasonal: Paros[49]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Riga,[50]Tallinn[50][51]
Smartwings[52]Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Katowice,[53]Ko?ice, Lille,[54]Ostrava, Prague
Seasonal charter: Gda?sk, Pozna?,[55]Warsaw-Chopin,[55]Wroc?aw[27]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Billund,[56]Copenhagen,[56]Gothenburg,[57]Malmö,[57]Oslo-Gardermoen,[58]Stockholm-Arlanda[57]
Sundair Seasonal: Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Kassel
Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Montpellier,[59]Nantes, Paris-Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways[60] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Seasonal charter: Dublin[61]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Lille, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: Yekaterinburg[62]
Volotea Athens
Seasonal: Bari, Genoa (begins 7 July 2021),[63]Lyon (begins 10 April 2021),[64]Marseille, Mykonos (begins 1 July 2021), Naples, Palermo (resumes 7 July 2021), Thessaloniki,[65]Toulouse, Venice, Verona
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[66]
Wizz Air Larnaca (resumes 29 March 2021),[67]Tirana (begins 30 March 2021)[68]
Seasonal: Bucharest,[69]Budapest, Dortmund,[70][71]London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa,[68]Vienna[72]
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo[62]


Traffic figures

Historical annual traffic statistics[73]

Year Flights Passengers Passengers Change (%)
2001 39,290 5,046,726 Decrease 2.0
2002 36,664 4,791,729 Decrease 5.1
2003 39,523 4,833,507 Increase 0.9
2004 38,170 4,712,508 Decrease 2,5
2005 38,266 4,932,911 Increase 4.7
2006 43,740 5,345,652 Increase 8.4
2007 46,012 5,438,369 Increase 1.7
2008 45,280 5,437,068 Decrease 0.02
2009 44,842 5,052,840 Decrease 7.1
2010 42,396 4,907,337 Decrease 2.9
2011 44,520 5,292,687 Increase 7.9
2012 40,856 5,076,329 Decrease 4.6
2013 43,544 5,792,429 Increase 14.7
2014 43,637 6,024,958 Increase 5.2
2015 43,970 6,057,355 Increase 0.5
2016 47,804 6,742,746 Increase 11.3
2017 51,114 7,336,783 Increase 8.8
2018 55,680 8,098,465 Increase 10.4
2019 52,294 7,933,558 Decrease 2.0

Other facilities

The airline Bluebird Airways has its head office at the airport.[74]


  • It is often requested by airlines that passengers do not take any photographs or video of the runway. This is because of a Hellenic Air Force base (126 CG) which operates at the airport.

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