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Rhodes International Airport

Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras"

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Rhodes airport logo.svg
Rhodes airport view from Filerimos.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreek state
OperatorFraport Greece
Hub forOlympic Air
Focus city forAegean Airlines
Elevation AMSL6 m / 19 ft
Coordinates36°24?19.51?N 28°05?10.29?E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917Coordinates: 36°24?19.51?N 28°05?10.29?E / 36.4054194°N 28.0861917°E / 36.4054194; 28.0861917
RHO is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,305 10,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger traffic changeDecrease 72.0%
Aircraft movements14.801
Aircraft movements changeDecrease 60,5%
Runway[1] Statistics[2]

Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" (Greek ""), or Diagoras International Airport (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP), is located on the West side of the island of Rhodes in Greece. The facility is located just north of the village Paradeisi, about 14 km southwest of the capital city, Rodos. Rhodes International Airport was the fourth busiest airport in Greece as of 2019, with 5,542,567 passengers utilizing the airport.[2]


Check-in at Rhodes Airport

Civil aviation on Rhodes started after the Second World War, on the location of the nearby military Rhodes Maritsa Airport.

This was the island's main airport until 1977, when the new Rhodes International Airport was opened. The need for a new facility was big, as the 'old' Maritsa airport did not meet the needs for a modern civil airport. The new "Diagoras" airport was built in 1977. It was decided that, on this location, it would meet the needs of the island better.

Improvements have been made to the airport, like expansion of taxiways, platform and airport buildings. The most recent upgrade is a new passenger terminal, opened in 2005, to accommodate the growing number of charter flights and passengers. The airport's plants currently cover a total area of 60,000 m2[3]

On 21 September 2015, Rhodes Airport was closed for 14 hours after a 'sinkhole' appeared in the runway. Flights were diverted to surrounding airports such as Kos and Heraklion as well as Athens and the runway was fixed and reopened the following day.

In December 2015, the privatisation of Rhodes International Airport and 13 other regional airports of Greece was finalised with the signing of the agreement between the Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture and the state privatisation fund.[4] "We signed the deal today," the head of Greece's privatisation agency HRADF, Stergios Pitsiorlas, told Reuters.[5] According to the agreement, the joint venture will operate the 14 airports (including Rhodes International Airport) for 40 years as of autumn 2016.



Rhodes Airport terminal is actually 2 separate buildings with a joined corridor in the middle. Departures are served both in ground (check-ins, baggage checks) and first floor (passenger screening, gates, shops) while arrivals are served only in ground floor's southern corner where passport control, customs and baggage reclaim operate. Airport does not have air bridges so boarding and disembarking require the use of buses.

Both terminals are and will be under renovations for the next couple of years from Fraport as a series of chronic problems need to be addressed. Toilets and air conditioning system were first to be fixed while more complicated works including new check in facilities that will eliminate double checks for baggage as well interior remodeling will proceed gradually during low traffic winter months.

Airport also hosts all necessary services such as a police station, a medical clinic, airline and handlers offices, rent-a-car and tour operators kiosks, VIP halls as well recently refurbished duty free shops, cafes and restaurants.


The airport's single runway direction is 065/245 degrees (designated as 06/24), having a length of 3,305 meters and a width of 60 meters. There are two taxiways and four taxi links connecting the runway with the apron. The apron with the new pushback configuration can accommodate up to 20 ICAO reference category C or smaller airplanes, simultaneously. Three parking positions have MARS (Multiple Apron Ramp System) capability and can accommodate larger category D and E (such as B757-300, B787-900, B777-300, B747-400,A340-500 and A350) aircraft. There is a small general aviation apron with three dedicated positions for small propelled or jet aircraft.

Future of the Airport - Fraport Greece's investment plan

On 22 March 2017, the Fraport-Greece presented its master plan for the 14 regional airports including the International Airport of Rhodes.[6]

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that started in November 2017 and will be implemented for Rhodes International Airport under Fraport Greece's investment plan: Immediate actions that were implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece took over operations and before the launch of the 2017 Summer season included:

  • General clean-up
  • Improving lighting, marking of airside areas.
  • Upgrading sanitary facilities
  • Enhancing services and offering new free Internet connection (WiFi)
  • Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports
  • Remodeling the current terminal
  • Reorganizing the airport apron area
  • New fire station
  • 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
  • 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
  • 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
  • 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Åre Östersund,[7] Bari, Beirut, Belgrade, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bucharest,[8] Budapest, Cuneo, Cluj-Napoca,[9] Ko?ice, Ljubljana, Luleå, Molde,[10] Nantes, Odense, Oslo, Rostov-on-Don, Skellefteå, Timi?oara, Wroc?aw, Yerevan
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Sibiu, Timi?oara
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[11]
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino[12]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Avion Express Seasonal charter: Vilnius
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Bees Airline Seasonal: Kyiv-Zhuliany,[13] Lviv[14]
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk[15]
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca (begins 8 June 2022)[16]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal: Tel Aviv
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow[17]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[18]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia[19]
Buzz Seasonal charter: Kraków[20]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Berlin,[21] Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich[22]
[23] Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse,[24][25] Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf (begins 2 May 2022),[26] Erfurt/Weimar,[27] Friedrichshafen,[27] Graz, Hamburg (begins 3 October 2021),[25] Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[27] Katowice,[27] Linz, London-Gatwick,[25] Manchester (begins 1 May 2022),[28] Memmingen (begins 2 May 2022),[29] Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt (begins 3 May 2022), Rostock,[25] Stuttgart, Warsaw-Chopin,[25] Weeze,[25] Zurich (begins 3 May 2022)[30]
Seasonal charter: Billund,[28] Bratislava,[27] Copenhagen,[28] Joensuu,[28] Stockholm-Arlanda[28]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen[31]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon,[32] Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gda?sk,[20] Katowice,[20] Kraków,[20] ?ód?,[20] Pozna?,[20] Wroc?aw[20]
Eurowings Seasonal: Berlin (begins 2 April 2022),[33] Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund,[34] Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart[35]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
FlexFlight Seasonal charter: Vilnius
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Leipzig/Halle[36]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius
Green Airlines Seasonal: Paderborn/Lippstadt, Rostock
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Zürich
Israir Seasonal: Haifa,[37] Tel Aviv
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol,[38] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gda?sk,[39] Katowice,[40] Kraków,[41] Warsaw-Chopin,[39] Wroc?aw[40]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona[42]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Stavanger,[43] Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Billund,[44] Copenhagen, [45] Gothenburg-Landvetter, [46] Helsinki, [47] Stockholm-Arlanda,[48] Oulu, [49]
Olympic Air Kastellorizo
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo,[50] Saint Petersburg[51]
Royal Flight[52] Seasonal charter: Krasnodar, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Ryanair Seasonal: Barcelona,[53] Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham,[54] Bologna, Brindisi, Budapest, Catania, Charleroi, Dublin,[55] East Midlands, Heraklion, Kaunas, London-Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen,[56] Naples, Paphos, Pisa, Prague, Rome-Ciampino, Suceava, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Treviso, Turin,[57] Vienna, Warsaw-Modlin
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[58]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen[59]
Seasonal charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter,[60] Luleå,[61] Stockholm-Arlanda,[62] Trondheim,[63] Umeå,[7]
Sky Express Astypalaia, Athens, Chios, Heraklion, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Lemnos, Leros, Mytilene, Samos
Seasonal: Sitia[64]
SkyUp[65] Seasonal: Kharkiv, Kyiv-Boryspil, Lviv
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Dublin[66]
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava, Brno, Ko?ice, Ostrava, Prague
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen,[67] Billund,[68] Copenhagen,[68] Borlänge,[7] Gothenburg,[7] Helsinki,[69] Kalmar,[7] Karlstad,[7] Malmö,[7] Molde,[67] Norrköping,[7] Örebro,[7] Oslo,[67] Sandefjord,[67] Skellefteå,[7] Stavanger,[67] Stockholm-Arlanda,[7] Trondheim,[67] Växjö[7]
Sundair Seasonal: Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Kassel, Leipzig/Halle[70]
Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Sun d'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Trade Air Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon,[71] Nantes,[72] Paris-Orly
TUI Airways[73] Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich[74]
Seasonal charter: Dublin (resumes 18 May 2022)[66]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Seasonal charter: Dole,[75] Strasbourg[75]
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter,[76] Stockholm-Arlanda,[77]
[78] Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil, Lviv[79]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Zhukovsky[80]
Seasonal charter: St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg[81]
Volotea Athens
Seasonal: Bari,[82] Naples, Palermo (resumes 1 June 2022)[83]
Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino[84]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil[85]
Wizz Air[86] Seasonal: Abu Dhabi, Bucharest,[87] Budapest, London-Luton, Sofia, Tel Aviv,[88] Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin[89]

Traffic figures

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Figures are taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) [90] until 2016 and since 2017 from the official website of the airport.[91]


Public bus: Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Rhodes (No 23-35). Bus stop is located between the new and the old terminal.[92]

Taxi: Taxi service is available outside Rhodes Airport arrivals hall.[93]

Car: Rhodes Airport is located 14 km from the city of Rhodes and is accessible from the provincial road Rhodes-Kamiros.[94]

See also


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