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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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Najnowsze komentarze:

Nawet nie wiem jak to skomentować. Sam dzięki pomocy przyjaciół z wielkim trudem tam dotarłem i wróciłem na statek. Gdybym wiedział, że tam na Balos są takie problemy z wejściem na ląd, to nigdy bym się nie zdecydował. Koszt tej wyprawy też nie jest mały. Zraziłem sie bardzo do Krety. Wybierajcie Elafonisi. Tam jest cywilizowane przejście, dojazd.
A czym władze tłumaczyły taki zakaz? Bo to totalny nonsens... Rozumiem żeby był zakaz że tak powiem od czoła laguny ale większe statki i tak podpływały "od tyłu" i tam wysadzały ludzi (chyba że się coś zmieniło) i żadnego zagrożenia nie było dla nikogo i niczego....
Bardzo dobrze. Byliśmy w tym roku świadkami wielu przykrych zdarzeń przy schodzeniu na ląd::stłuczone kolana, skręcone kostki itp.
gość dodekanezowiec: Lubię wyspy greckie za wiatr. Uważam pod tym względem - choć bardziej Rodos i Kos - za przypominające nieco Wyspy Kanaryjskie. Różnicę widać nawet jak się popłynie z Kos do Bodrum czy z Rodos do Marmaris.  Piszę natomiast o tym, że mimo wysokich temperatur łatwiej się je znosi jak jest wiaterek. Alanya czy Cypr to duchota przy wyspach greckich.   Zmiany klimatu są, np. w Heraklionie średnia roczna bywała w XX w. (...)
Gosia | crete.pl : Tak, to prawda. 
gość Tomek: czy to prawda że statki wycieczkowe desantują turystów  prosto do wody ?  w sumie też jakaś atrakcja. ;)  
Dommage on a raté cette festivité......
Pokazy będą odbywały się do końca sierpnia czy do końca września?
gość PiotrWie: Prognoza pogody na tydzień dla Samos:  38/28, 38/27,  36/26, 34/26,  35/25, 36/26. ( dzień/ noc ) Wiatr 15- 20 km/ h. Powodzenia!!!
Gosia | crete.pl : W dwóch punktach na trzy powołujesz się na przypadkowe pojedyncze dane sprzed 18 i 15 lat. My też możemy powiedzieć że w 2008 roku w Stalidzie przez dwa tygodnie fajnie wiało i nie potrzebna była klima. Naukowcy z Obserwatorium w Atenach analizują jednak dużo więcej danych i podają średnie odnotowanych temperatur oraz trend.
Joanna Radziwiłowicz wracajcie
gość dodekanezowiec: 1. W 2006 r. Rodos w sierpniu (30 stopni z wietrzykiem) był odpoczynkiem od polskiego lipcowego upału (35 nierzadko w duzym mieście)  2. Trzecia dekada sierpnia 2009 r. - Kreta - hotel przy plaży i niepotrzebna klima  3. Lipiec 2022 r. - Kos - upał ale na plązy wiaterek  Wszystko zasługą meltemi.   
gość PiotrWie : Pierwszy raz byliśmy na Krecie w 2008 - we wrześniu. Było przyjemnie - ale po 20 września zaczęły się chmury i deszcz. Po roku postanowiliśmy pojechać w czerwcu - w drugim i trzecim tygodniu. Drugi był przyjemny śle w trzecim jak powiało z południa zrobiło się za gorąco. Od tego czasu zaczęliśmy jeździć na przełomie maja i czerwca i we wrześniu - nasze dzieci były już na tyle duże że jeździły same. (...)
Za to lipiec pogoda bajka, okolice Milatos ok 30 stopni. Tymczasem wczoraj w Trójmieście temperatura późnym wieczorem była niemalże identyczna jak tu
Gosia | crete.pl : Dzięki za podrzucenie swoich propozycji :) Każde z tych miejsc zasługuje na uwagę.
Hej jak sytuacja pożarowa dzisiaj na Krecie? Okolice Chanii i Hersonissos bezpieczne? Ciężko przewidzieć, co będzie się działo pod koniec lipca i z początkiem sierpnia?
gość Piterek: Jak dla mnie całkiem ciekawe są wioski powyżej Chersonissos, w szczególności wieczorem, tj. od zachodu: Stare Chersonissos, Piskopiano, Koutouloufari, z Chersonissos można spokojnie zajść piechotką. Brakuje mi też uroczej wioski Sisi z całkiem fotogieniczną zatoczką. Wg. mnie jedna z ładniejszych plaż na północnej Krecie jest Voulisma w Istro (trochę za Agios Nicolas).
Tak pomijając pożary to chyba ziemia sie delikatnie zatrzęsła właśnie...
Czyli kupować na wynos do swojego kubka.Widzę, ze niektórzy juz to praktykują.
Jak obecnie wygląda sytuacja pożarowa na Krecie?
Będą rozruchy
Ale musze przyznac ze ta kawa z lodem to jest petarda
A może ktoś może powiedzieć jaka sytuacja jest w Heraklionie?
Jak obecnie wygląda sytuacja? Czy dojazd Paralia Preveli jest bezpieczny czy lepiej odpuścić zwiedzanie tych rejonów?
gość Kowalyc: pali się jeszcze? Które obszary są zamknięte?
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