Crete Chania Airport – Discover the Best of Greece
Serving the city of Chania, a part of Crete Island in the Akrotiri Peninsula of the Greek island, the Crete Chania Airport is a major gateway for those planning a trip to western Crete. Officially known as Chania International Airport, "Daskalogiannis", it is a joint military and civil airport and is a focus city for Aegean Airlines (Seasonal) and Ryanair. At an elevation of 149 meters above sea level, the Crete Chania Airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 3,347 meters in length and has a direction of 11/29. The airport has been named after Daskalogiannis, a Cretan who rebelled against the Ottoman rule in the 18th century. The airport is around 14 km from the city center. In the year 2012, the airport managed 2,458,130 and 12,737 aircraft movements, making it the fifth busiest airport in Greece, in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is well connected to the city via cars as well as buses. At present, the airport only has a single terminal catering to both domestic as well as international passengers. The airport is also intensively used by the Hellenic Air Force and was earlier known as Souda Airport.
The airport of Maleme was the major airport serving Crete until 1959. Built by the British Military just after the Second World War and in 1959 the services were shifted to military airport of Souda. The airport got its first terminal in 1967 and by 1874, the airport began international services. To accommodate the growing number of passengers, a new terminal with capacity to handle 1.35 million passengers per year and has 6 aircraft stands in front, was built in 1996. The airport was renamed as Ioannis Daskalogiannis in 2000.
Currently the airport is base for Ryanair and Aegean Airlines which are the only two airlines to operate regular passenger flights to and from the airport. TUIfly Nordic, Transavia France, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Small Planet Airlines, Primera Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air Serbia and Jet Time are among the airlines that operate seasonal passenger as well as seasonal charter flights from Crete Chania Airport.
Crete Chania Airport is the major and among the most exotic airports in Crete, but, till now the airport has not received any awards for its outstanding services of making the region a major tourist hub.
Routes and Destinations
Regular direct flights from Crete Chania Airport are available for Athens, Munich, Thessaloniki, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Paphos and Haugesund. While Graz, Linz, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki and Dublin are among the seasonal destinations, Billund, Helsinki, Budapest, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Oslo, Brussels and Belgrade are some of the seasonal charter destinations.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Multiple options of check-in is available or the travellers. Passengers can skip the airport queue by printing their boarding pass after online check-in, an option available with most of the airlines. Online check-in can be done 24 hours to 3 hours before departure. Please note that if you are taking a charter flight, then the check-in time may vary; hence you should speak to the airline to known at what time you should reach the airport. At the Crete Chania Airport, there are 12 check-in desks which generally open 1 hour before the departure of domestic flight and 2 hours before the departure of international flight. When coming to the airport for check-in, you should keep aside some time for parking and other security checks.
The amount of luggage you are entitled to check-in or carry as hand baggage depends on the class as well as route of travel and every airline may have a different regulation regarding the same. Contact the airline directly to know how much to carry, oversize baggage charges, limit of cabin luggage etc, to avoid any confusion. In case of excess baggage, extra charges will be applicable. Generally passengers are allowed to check-in a bag weighing between 20 kg to 32 kg and limit of 12 kg as cabin luggage is allowed.
At the airport, during the counter check-in, getting a seat of your choice might be dicey, as at the airport, seats are allotted on first come first serve basis and are subject to availability. So in case you are looking for the perfect window seat to enjoy the beautiful views of the land meeting the sea from the sky, then booking your seat is the best way. Most of the airline offers this facility at an additional cost.
While tickets can be booked from the airport of office of airline in the city, the most convenient way to make a flight reservation is online. You can book your ticket from the airline website by paying a small service see. Contact your airline directly in case of modification or cancellation of your reservation.