Heraklion Airport (Crete)

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Photo courtesy of Clive Hindmarch


Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” is the primary airport on the island of Crete, Greece, & the country’s second busiest airport after Athens International Airport.

Having called in at the airport today as I was passing on the way to down town Heraklion, I thought I would pass on some observations.

The most noticable thing you find is that it’s old and messy. With one side of the airport adjacent to open sea and the other, terminal side to the land, there is no “perimeter” fence to drive around.

The first thing you have to be aware of is that camera’s are a total no no, & I would also exercise extreme caution using any optical equipment on or near the perimeter fence. There is a limited view of the apron’s offering’s to the left of the terminal as you stand in front of it. I don’t know how far the walk would be as I have a car. With said car it is possible to park next to the chain link fence & observe aircraft on the apron but as I mentioned earlier, be careful. After the chain link fence there is a concrete wall hiding other possible inmates if the airport is busy like today, the wall stands about 8 feet tall but I parked the car & stood on the doorsill and was able to read off a couple more aircraft with the naked eye.

There is a military presence at the airport, which is another reason to be very careful! With a car & taking the old road from the public Akti beach towards the airport, after a series of uphill bends you will find a discreet road to the right. This leads to a gate that has a security hut but on two occasions I have had a look this holiday there has been no one present. However, I would not hang around here for more than a minute or two. Next to the gate is the GA apron, my first perusal only gleaned a few Cessna’s.

This airport is supposed to be closing at the beginning of 2015 with a new airport being built on an extension to the Kasteli military airfield. Whether or not this is still on the cards due to the current extreme financial crisis in Greece, is hard to confirm.

Editorial Note. I visited the airport back in July 1979 & from memory, it wasn’t great even back then. The terminal was hot and stuffy (ok, it was the height of summer) & quite cramped, given the number of people trying to use it.

Airport information courtesy of Clive Hindmarch.

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