Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"
|Hub for||Olympic Air|
|Focus city for||Aegean Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||6 m / 19 ft|
Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" (Greek ""), or Diagoras International Airport (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP), is located on the West side of the island of Rhodes in Greece. The facility is located just north of the village Paradeisi, about 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rodos. Rhodes International Airport was the fourth busiest airport in Greece as of 2019, with 5,542,567 passengers utilizing the airport.
This was the island's main airport until 1977, when the new Rhodes International Airport was opened. The need for a new facility was big, as the 'old' Maritsa airport did not meet the needs for a modern civil airport. The new "Diagoras" airport was built in 1977. It was decided that, on this location, it would meet the needs of the island better.
Improvements have been made to the airport, like expansion of taxiways, platform and airport buildings. The most recent upgrade is a new passenger terminal, opened in 2005, to accommodate the growing number of charter flights and passengers. The airport's plants currently cover a total area of 60,000 m2
In 2015, Rhodes Airport was closed for 14 hours after a 'sinkhole' appeared in the runway. Flights were diverted to surrounding airports such as Kos and Heraklion as well as Athens and the runway was fixed and reopened shortly afterwards.
In December 2015, the privatisation of Rhodes 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. "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters. According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Rhodes International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.
Rhodes Airport terminal is actually 2 separate buildings with a joined corridor in the middle. Departures are served both in ground (check-ins, baggage checks) and first floor (passenger screening, gates, shops) while arrivals are served only in ground floor's southern corner where passport control, customs and baggage reclaim operate. Airport does not have air bridges so boarding and disembarking require the use of buses.
Both terminals are and will be under renovations for the next couple of years from Fraport as a series of chronic problems need to be addressed. Toilets and air conditioning system were first to be fixed while more complicated works including new check in facilities that will eliminate double checks for baggage as well interior remodeling will proceed gradually during low traffic winter months.
Airport also hosts all necessary services such as a police station, a medical clinic, airline and handlers offices, rent-a-car and tour operators kiosks, VIP halls as well recently refurbished duty free shops, cafes and restaurants.
The airport's single runway direction is 070/250, having a length of 3,306 meters and a width of 60 meters. There are six taxiways connecting the runway with the terminal. Tarmac can accommodate up to 14 airplanes simultaneously and up to A380. New parking spots as well rearrangements on airplanes' parking patterns engaging ground vehicles is expected to increase capacity.
On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Rhodes.
The following summarizes the enhancement changes that started in November 2017 and will be implemented for Rhodes International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan: Immediate actions that were implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece took over operations and before the launch of the 2017 Summer season included:
|Aegean Airlines|| Athens, Thessaloniki|
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Åre Östersund,Copenhagen,Ljubljana, Molde,Trondheim,Wroc?aw
|Aer Lingus||Seasonal: Dublin|
|airBaltic||Seasonal: Riga (resumes 24 April 2021)|
|Aircompany Armenia||Seasonal: Yerevan|
|Alitalia||Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino|
|Arkia||Seasonal: Tel Aviv|
|Austrian Airlines||Seasonal: Vienna|
|Aviolet||Seasonal charter: Belgrade|
|Belavia||Seasonal charter: Minsk|
|Bluebird Airways||Seasonal: Tel Aviv|
|Blue Panorama Airlines||Seasonal: Bergamo,Bologna, Rome-Fiumicino|
|British Airways||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow |
|Buzz||Seasonal charter: Kraków|
|Chair Airlines||Seasonal: Zürich|
|Condor||Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld ,Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart|
||| Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar,Friedrichshafen,Graz, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,Katowice,Leipzig/Halle, Linz, London-Gatwick (begins 3 June 2021),Memmingen,Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Weeze (begins 4 June 2021)|
Seasonal charter: Billund,Bratislava ,Copenhagen,Joensuu,Stockholm-Arlanda
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen|
|Cyprus Airways||Seasonal: Larnaca|
|easyJet||Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, Venice|
|Edelweiss Air||Seasonal: Zürich|
|Enter Air||Seasonal charter: Gda?sk,Katowice,Kraków,?ód?,Pozna?,Wroc?aw|
|Eurowings||Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart|
|flyBAIR||Seasonal charter: Bern|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle|
|Israir||Seasonal: Haifa ,Tel Aviv|
|Jet2.com||Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Seasonal: Gda?sk,Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin,Wroc?aw |
|Neos||Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle|| Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda |
Seasonal charter: Luleå ,Stavanger,Trondheim
|Novair||Seasonal charter: Ålesund ,Oulu, Skellefteå|
|Ryanair||Seasonal: Bergamo, Berlin-Tegel,Bologna, Charleroi, Düsseldorf (ends 24 October 2020), East Midlands, Kaunas, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Manchester, Pisa, Prague,Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Vienna|
|Royal Flight||Seasonal charter: Krasnodar, Moscow-Sheremetyevo|
|S7 Airlines||Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo|
|Scandinavian Airlines|| Seasonal: Copenhagen |
Seasonal charter: Umeå,Trondheim
|Sky Express|| Astypalaia, Chios, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Lemnos, Leros, Mytilene, Samos |
|SkyUp||Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil|
|Smartwings||Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Ko?ice, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague, Wroc?aw|
|Sunclass Airlines||Seasonal charter: Åre Östersund,Bergen,Billund,Copenhagen,Borlänge,Gothenburg,Helsinki,Karlstad,Malmö,Norrköping,Örebro,Oslo-Gardermoen,Sandefjord,Stavanger,Stockholm-Arlanda,Trondheim,Växjö |
|Sundair||Seasonal: Bremen, Dresden, Kassel|
|Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich|
|Trade Air||Seasonal charter: Ljubljana|
|Transavia||Seasonal: Amsterdam, Nantes,Paris-Orly|
|TUI Airways|| Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich|
Seasonal charter: Dublin
|TUI fly Belgium|| Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges|
Seasonal charter: Dole,Strasbourg
|TUI fly Deutschland||Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart|
|TUI fly Netherlands||Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam|
|TUI fly Nordic||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen,Gothenburg,Helsinki, Norrköping ,Oslo-Gardermoen,Stockholm-Arlanda|
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal charter: St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg|
|Widerøe||Seasonal charter: Sandefjord|
|Windrose Airlines||Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil|
|Wizz Air|| Tirana (begins 28 March 2021)|
Seasonal: Budapest, Dortmund ,London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa,Vienna 
Public bus: Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Rhodes (No 23-35). Bus stop is located between the new and the old terminal.
Taxi: Taxi service is available outside Rhodes Airport arrivals hall.
Car: Rhodes Airport is located 14 km from the city of Rhodes and is accessible from the provincial road Rhodes-Kamiros.