Thessaloniki International Airport – Perfect Gateway to Greece
Thessaloniki International Airport ‘Macedonia’ which is simply known as Thessaloniki Airport is an important airport serving Thessaloniki city in Greece. Officially known as Macedonia International Airport, the airport served 4,950,726 passengers and 45,900 aircraft movements in the year 2014, making it the second busiest airport in Greece in terms of flights and third busiest in terms of passenger carried. The airport is at an elevation of 7 meters above sea level and is currently owned by Greek Government and operated by Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. The airport has 2 asphalt runways – 2,440 meters and 2,410 meters in length and the airport is located at a distance of 13 km south of the White Tower of Thessaloniki in Greece at Thermi. This is the second largest airport after Heraklion International Airport to be owned as well as operated by the state and has a single terminal consisting of 3 floors. Aeolus Aviation Academy, which is a privately owned FTO and Thessaloniki Aeroclub is located within the airport’s premise. Mikra Airport was the formal name of Thessaloniki International Airport.
Thessaloniki International Airport or Macedonia International Airport was opened in 1930 and during that time (First World War) it served as an important field for the German Occupation of Greece. The airport continued to operate as an airfield during the Second World War as well. It became functional as a civil airport only in 1948. Major expansion work started by 1950 and the airport existing runway was paved with asphalt and was extended. The airport got its terminal building in 1965 and between 1968 and 1973 another round of terminal expansion and renovation was done. The airport got its new motorway junction between 2004 and 2006.
The airport currently serves as base to more than 35 airline companies that operate regular passenger, seasonal flights as well as charter flights from Macedonia International Airport to various destinations around the world.
While this is the second largest airport in Greece and among the busiest airports in the world, the Macedonia International Airport has still not received any award or accolades for its outstanding contribution in making Greece one of the most favored tourist destinations in the world.
Routes and Destinations
Athens, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris, St Petersburg, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Belgrade, Moscow, Munich, Vienna, Minsk, London, Manchester, Hamburg, Rome, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Toronto, Geneva, Zurich, Bucharest, Barcelona, Budapest, Istanbul and Kiev are some of the major destinations which are directly connected to Thessaloniki International Airport. Numerous facilities like coffee bars, restaurants, shopping areas, a tobacco store and duty free shops are located inside the Macedonia International Airport
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
If you are planning to travel from Macedonia International Airport then you can avail multiple check-in options. Web check-in and mobile check-in can be done from 24 hours to 2 hour before schedule departure and can be done from the convenience of your home. Boarding pass can be printed and downloaded once online check-in is done, saving the time that the passenger spends waiting in the queue at the airport. At present there are 34 check-in counters at the Macedonia International Airport which are located on the first floor of the terminal. Passengers are advised to report at least 2.5 hours prior to scheduled departure time. Self-check in counters too are available at the airport to help save time.
Baggage limit is pre-determined by the airline and each airline has its own policy regarding the same. Passengers are advised to contact the airline they are travelling with to know more about how much luggage they can carry with them. Usually, passengers are allowed to carry 7 kg as cabin luggage and check-in 1 bag not exceeding 23 kg. The baggage limit depends on the class of travel baggage limit may be higher for those travelling in business or first class. In case of excess luggage, the penalty for the same can be paid at the airport.
At the airport seats are assigned on first come first serve basis and if you want a seat of your liking then arrive at the airport early and request for your choice of seat during counter check-in. Seats are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. If you are looking for a specific seat, then opt for the option of pre selection of seat. Passengers can now book the seat of their choice 24 hours before departure, during online check-in, but a marginal fee will be charged.
Every time on online booking is done passengers are charges a service fee for the same. Alternatively passengers can book their tickets from the airline counter at the airport without any surcharge. In case of modification or cancelation of your reservation contact the airline directly.