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CHQ - Airport. Ioannis Daskalogiannis in Chania

Airport. Ioannis Daskalogiannis in Chania (IATA code: CHQ) is the second largest airport in Crete. Its role is particularly important during the peak season of the holiday season, when most of the landing aircraft are passenger jets, carrying out charter flights. It is in this way that transport is a significant part of tourists spending holidays in western Crete. If you are planning a vacation in this part of the island then most likely your plane will be landing at this airport.

History

After the end of World War II, civil flights in western Crete were served by Maleme airport. Due to the too short runways since 1959, commercial flights operate from the military plate of the airport located near the naval base located in Souda. Currently, the infrastructure at Maleme airport is only used to service civil flights of Areoklubu Chania .

It was not until 1967 that a terminal and parking spaces for two aircraft were built at the airport in Chania . In 1974, the airport accepted the first international flights. In 1996, the new terminal building was opened, with a total usable area exceeding 14.5 thousand square meters. The area of ​​the apron for aircraft has also been enlarged, which currently houses 6 passenger machines. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

Now

The airport has one lane (direction 11/29) whose total length is over 3300 meters. Signs prohibiting taking pictures of the airport plate emphatically remind us that until now, this belt is also intensively used by planes of the Greek Air Force. F-16 planes, which are stationed at the local military base, are quite often seen at this airport.

In 2012, the tender for the thorough reconstruction of this airport was settled. The project includes the modernization of current terminals, the total area of ​​which will increase almost 2.5 times from 13,000. up to over 31 thousand square meters. The scope of works also includes the construction of a new air traffic control tower and reconstruction of hangars. The surroundings of the terminal building will also be renovated.

The increasing number of passengers necessitates the reconstruction of the airport infrastructure, which is already very archaic in relation to the needs at the moment. Certainly, many people will be surprised to receive a two-stage method of sending checked-in luggage, which is first weighed and wrapped, and only after moving to another part of the terminal it goes to security control.




A considerable disappointment will also be felt by people who, after going through a personal security check, will go to a small departure hall. A small "waiting room" resembling more a bus station than an airport, is usually crowded with passengers waiting for departures. There is only one medium-size, duty-free shop available to travelers. The signal quality of the WiFi network that is available in the departure hall also leaves much to be desired. In case of a longer flight delay, the current terminal is not a place to make waiting for an airplane more pleasant.

In 2013, Chania airport became the first Ryanair base in Greece. According to Ryanair estimates, this investment will increase the number of passengers using the Chania airport by around 500,000 people a year.

Drive

The airport is about a 20-minute drive from Chania. It is located in the central western part of the Akrotiri peninsula. It is possible to get to the airport by buses, which during the day take 7 routes connecting the airport with Chania (travel time about 30 minutes). A detailed list of call hours can be found on this page: http://www.chania-airport.com/transportation.html

For people going to the airport by car, by far the best connection is to drive along the New National Road and then use the direct exit to the airport. For people traveling from central or eastern Crete, you can also use the exit to the village of Souda.

People traveling from the towns west of Chania should avoid attempts to "shorten" themselves by passing through this city. Because of the densea network of one-way streets located in the center of Chania, we definitely do not recommend such a solution.

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2017-06-27 22:44:28

Już jest normalnie....

W czerwcu 2017 r. już nie trzeba przenosić bagażu rejestrowanego. Odjeżdża na taśmie zaraz po zważeniu jak gdzie indziej. Duża przestronna hala odlotów. Dalej w kolejce jednak stoi się na piętrze do szczegółowej odprawy osobistej... Widać dużo powierzchni już wykończonej ale jeszcze nie oddanej do użytkowania. 

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