Skiathos International Airport
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Skiathos International Airport

Skiathos International Airport "Alexandros Papadiamantis"

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Transavia Airlines Boeing 737-800 being welcomed at Skiathos by planespotters.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek State
OperatorFraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture
LocationSkiathos, Greece
Elevation AMSL54 ft / 16 m
Coordinates39°10?39?N 023°30?13.23?E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750Coordinates: 39°10?39?N 023°30?13.23?E / 39.17750°N 23.5036750°E / 39.17750; 23.5036750
JSI is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 5,341 1,628 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 3.3%
Aircraft movements4,171
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 2.2%

Skiathos Airport 'Alexandros Papadiamantis' (IATA: JSI, ICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. The runway is characterised as 'short and narrow'. Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta (a former leper colony) effectively joining the two islands into one larger island.

The airport's short runway and its proximity to an adjacent public road have made it a popular destination for planespotters. It is often compared to Princess Juliana International Airport on Saint Maarten since both airports offer the public an ability to legally experience landing approaches and takeoffs at very close range.[2][3]


The airport first operated in 1972.[4]

A passenger terminal and a new control tower was constructed in 1988. In 2001 the terminal was closed down by a minor earthquake, and a new passenger terminal opened in 2002, to better accommodate the growing number of passengers.

From 2019 as part of the Fraport construction works the airport has 2 current terminals. Terminal 1 was reconstructed and is currently the Domestic Terminal, and Terminal 2 is for international arrivals.

Skiathos Airport has no jetways, meaning, prior to the 2016 work, passengers walked the short distance from the aircraft to the terminal building, now, a collection of buses drive passengers the short distance.

From 2014, there was extension to the runway and a new taxiway was introduced. The runway was extended by 110 metres on the north side of the airport. An extension was added to the taxiway, for an additional 4-5 parking stands. The airport has the capacity for only 6 additional parking stands. This opened in 2016.

The island has only a roundabout at the airport, and 1 set of Traffic lights at the end of the runway.

In December 2015 the privatization of Skiathos Island National 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 privatization fund.[5] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatization agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[6] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Skiathos Island National Airport) for 40 years as of 11 April 2017.[7]

Future of Skiathos International Airport - Fraport Greece's investment plan

On 22 March 2017, Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 Greek regional airports, including the Skiathos International Airport.[8]

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations, before the launch of the 2017 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 implemented for Skiathos International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan by 2021 :

  • Extending and remodeling the current terminal
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • 39 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 9,511 m2 after an extension of the total size of the current buildings of the terminal
  • 11 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 9 to 10)
  • 33 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 4)
  • Doubling of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)

Airlines and destinations

Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
AvioletSeasonal charter: Belgrade
Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London-City
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca
FinnairSeasonal: Helsinki
Jet2.comSeasonal: Birmingham (begins 13 May 2020),[9]London-Stansted (begins 9 May 2020),[10]Manchester (begins 17 May 2020)[11]
Lauda Seasonal: Vienna (begins 2 May 2020)
Neos Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Olympic Air Athens
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sky Express Athens
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth (begins 1 May 2020),[12]East Midlands (begins 1 May 2020),[12]London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted (begins 1 May 2020),[12]Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 6 May 2020)[12]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona (begins 7 July 2020)[13]

Traffic figures

The data taken from the official website of the airport.[14]

Ground transport

Skiathos Airport is located 4.5 km from the city of Skiathos and is accessible either from Skiathos ringroad or the coast road. The journey to and from the city centre takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic. 24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the Skiathos Airport Terminal building.

See also


  1. ^ "SKIATHOS AIRPORT "A.PAPADIAMANTIS"". Retrieved 2018.
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  3. ^ "Passenger jets skim over tourists' heads at Skiathos Island Airport in Greece". Stuff. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Greece signs privatization of 14 regional airports with Germany's Fraport". 14 December 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport". 14 December 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Fraport Greece Begins 40-Year Concession at 14 Greek Regional Airports". Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Fraport Greece's Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports",
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