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Airport Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion

International Airport in Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis
International Airport in Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis

International airport. "Nikos Kazantzakis" in Heraklion (Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ηρακλείου, "Νίκος Καζαντζάκης") is currently the largest airport in Crete. It ranks second in terms of mobility among all Greek airports. With a result of approximately 5.5 million passengers and 46 thousand Arrivals and departures are second only to the Athenian airport. It serves almost the entire movement of tourists arriving to the east and middle parts of Crete. At the peak of the tourist season, the view of the take-off or landing plane is a picture repeating cyclically every few or several minutes. The airport in Heraklion has practically only one full-sized belt (direction 09/27) and currently it has largely exhausted its development possibilities. The second of the belts is used only in the case of airplanes taking domestic flights.

BAE Avro RJ100 Aegean Airlines line
The BAE Avro RJ100 Aegean Airlines line is located on the apron of Heraklion airport

Future perspectives

For a long time, the construction of a new international airport in Kastelli (next to the already existing military airport), which is to take over the function of the present airport in Heraklion, is being considered . Due to the problems with obtaining the necessary funds, as well as obtaining funding from the European Union, this investment is only in the sphere of far-reaching plans. The Cretans optimistically say that already in 2015, the first tourists will use this airport ... in which we personally doubt and advise to include in this date the Greek "siga ... siga".

Location and access

Airport. "Nikos Kazantzakis" is located on the eastern outskirts of Heraklion . The most convenient access is provided by the New National Road, from which a separate exit leading directly to the parking square in front of the airport has been set. Coming from the eastern part of Crete, this is the first exit from E65 to Heraklion .

Thanks to frequent bus connections and the possibility of ordering taxis, leaving the airport and transferring to hotels is not a problem. There are also several car rental companies in the area of ​​the airport. In the case of advance booking, most companies dealing with this type of activity, realize orders including the price of renting a car directly to the parking lot located at the airport.

Heraklion airport - general view
Satellite image of the airport in Heraklion - the location of buses was highlighted with an enlargement

Persons arriving in organized groups are usually served by coaches substituted by travel agencies. These vehicles usually await in an external car park next to the main terminal.

Infrastructure

It must be admitted that the airport building is rather small and does not look too modern - especially considering the number of passengers traveling through this airport. The terminal is not equipped with sleeves, so passengers are released directly to the airport's plate. There are also not always buses, sometimes it happens that the section of the airport plate that separates the plane from the terminal building is overcome by tourists on foot (which is rather unacceptable at Polish airports).

There are several shops at the airport where, apart from the typical products available in the so-called "free zones", you can obtain local products such as olive oil, feta cheese, local spirits, sweets and various types of tourist souvenirs (eg t-shirts, mugs etc. ). So this is the last opportunity for the Zapominskas to buy gifts for their relatives in Crete.

Several observations from July 2016 years about this airport you can read in this news:
http://www.crete.pl/news_1143_Lotnisko_w_Heraklionie_-_najnowsze_spostrzezenia.html

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