Chania Airport is located on the peninsula of Akrotiri (or Souda), about 20 minutes (14 km) from Chania. Chania Airport operates domestic flights to and from Athens Airport, Thessaloniki Airport and other airports in Greece. From April to early November, there are many direct charter flights to Chania Airport from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.
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Chania Airport (CHQ)
Chania Airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” or Chania International airport, is the second busiest airport in Crete. It took its name from Ioannis Daskalogiannis, a Cretan rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century. The Airport today hosts domestic flights to and from Athens and Thessaloniki with Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
The IATA code used for the international airport of Chania is CHQ. Chania Airport provides both short-term and long-term parking spaces and it is connected with Chania and other cities on the island of Crete by public transport and taxis. Travel agencies and hotels often provide shuttle buses for their guests to get to or from the airport.
Chania Airport has just one terminal that everyone uses, whether you’re traveling to another destination in Greece or to an international location. All flights at this airport use a single asphalt runway which is 3,347 meters (or 10,982 feet) in length, and they take off throughout the day as the airport is open 24 hours.
There are many passenger airlines that operate flights from Chania Airport to locations elsewhere in Greece and many international destinations, such as Aegean Airlines, Air Serbia, Animawings, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, Eurowings and Eurowings Discover, Finnair, Icelandair, Israir Airlines, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Olympic Air, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Sky Express, Smartwings, Sunclass Airlines, Transavia, TUI Airways, Tus Airways and Wizz Air.
Chania Airport is the 6th busiest airport in Greece with nearly 2 million passengers.
Chania Airport operates from 1967 and is located 10 minutes by car from downtown
In addition to being a hub for passenger flights, the airport is also used throughout the year by several cargo airlines, as well as the Hellenic Air Force military branch. Based on data from 2020, at the end of that year Chania Airport was the 6th busiest of Greece’s airports, with Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos ranked the busiest.
CHQ Airport Information
ICAO airport code: LGSA
Airport type: Public / Military
Owner: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Operator: Fraport Greece
Location: Chania 731 00
Elevation AMSL: 35°31′54″N 024°08′59″E
Focus city for:
- Aegean Airlines
ServicesAlthough Chania Airport only has a single terminal, it still has a number of amenities, services and other features that you might want to use during your time there. These include:
- Foreign currency exchange
- Duty free shopping
- Options for eating and drinking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Car parking spaces
- Medical center
- Information desk
- Travel agent
- Lost luggage department
- Small market
- Baby changing facilities
One important fact to be aware of is that Chania Airport does not have air conditioning throughout the terminal, which can make it uncomfortably warm during hotter months.
Chania Airport Location: The airport is located 15 km east of the city of Chania, on the Akrotiri peninsula (Souda).
Nearest airports: Heraklion Airport: 148 km (2 hours via the Northern Road of Crete), Sitia Airport: 273 km (4 hours via the Northern Road of Crete)
- Latitude: 35o31′ 54″ North
- Longitude: 024o08′ 59″ East
Lost and Found
For items left on the aircraft you have to contact your airline directly. For items found at the terminal area, lost & found is operated by airport police.
- Ο.Α. Phone No. +30 28210 63171
- AEGEAN Phone No. +30 28210 66065
ATM machines (Piraeus Bank, Eurobank, Euronet) can be found in the airport area.
The airport is located 15 kilometers (or about 9.3 miles) from Chania City, and there are several transportation options available for making the trip between the two locations and elsewhere. You will need to decide between renting a car, taking a bus or riding in a taxi.
Car Rentals: This option gives you lots of independence because you can drive anywhere on the island at your own pace, and you’ll also have complete privacy as the only people in the car will be you and your travel companions. However, it’s the most expensive option and the exact price will depend on the size and model of car, and how long you rent it.
Chania Airport Taxi: Another way to get from the airport to Chania or elsewhere is by getting a taxi from the designated pickup area outside the terminal. The exact length and cost of your journey will depend on where you’re heading on the island, but as an example, to get to Chania from the airport the average time taken will be about 25 minutes with a flat fare of €25.
Public city bus: There’s a bus available that can take you to stops in Chania and elsewhere, but you might get dropped off far from your hotel or other accommodation. You might also face limited space because you’ll be sharing the bus with other passengers. But it’s a very cheap way to travel at just €2.5, with an average journey time of 25 minutes to get to Chania.
Chania Airport has a police station that supervises the airport throughout its operation.
Phone No. : +30 28210 83850 +30 28210 63033
There is no left luggage Luggage facility or Storage & Lockers at Chania international Airport.
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Location at the Airport: Arrivals, All Users
- Baby change rooms
A specially designed nursing room is available at the first floor.
FREE unlimited internet access (WiFi) is available in the premises of the terminal. To connect select the wifi network named Fraport-Free on your device and then launch your browser to visit a welcome page.
Postal Address: National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00, Greece