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Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia"

Airport typeCivilian/Military
OwnerGovernment of Greece
OperatorFraport Greece
LocationMikra, Macedonia, Greece
Hub for
Elevation AMSL7 m / 23 ft
Coordinates40°3111N 22°5815E / 40.51972°N 22.97083°E / 40.51972; 22.97083Coordinates: 40°3111N 22°5815E / 40.51972°N 22.97083°E / 40.51972; 22.97083
WebsiteOfficial website

Map of the airport
Location of the airport in Greece
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,440 8,005 Asphalt
16/34 2,410 7,907 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger traffic change 7.1%
Aircraft movements55,307
Aircraft movements change 3.1%
Sources: Greek AIP at Eurocontrol[1]
Statistics: Fraport Greece[2]
1 Official airfield data at the Air Traffic Safety Electronic Engineers Association of Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority website lists no official website for the airport.

Thessaloniki Airport (IATA: SKG, ICAO: LGTS), officially Thessaloniki Airport "Makedonia"[3] (Greek: "", translit. Kratikós Aeroliménas Thessaloníkis "Makedonía")[4] and formerly Mikra Airport, is an international airport serving Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. It is located 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of the city, in Thermi.[1]

The airport is the third-largest airport in the country after Athens International Airport and Heraklion International Airport. It opened in 1930 and was the second-busiest airport in Greece in terms of flights served and the third-busiest in terms of passengers served in 2016, with over 6 million passengers. It is the main airport of Northern Greece and apart from the city of Thessaloniki it also serves the popular tourist destination of Chalkidiki and the surrounding cities of Central Macedonia. The AthensThessaloniki route is the tenth busiest in the EU with 1.8 million passengers.[5] To cope with demand, a second terminal is currently under construction as part of a billion-euro investment by Fraport Greece, the company which operates the airport.[6][7]


The airport was first established as an airfield during the First World War, as part of the allied war effort on the Macedonian Front.[8] There were numerous airfields at the time, including Little Mikra, Big Mikra (which became the current international airport), and the major military airfield of Sedes.[8] The first international flight to Thessaloniki landed at the Little Mikra air field, and government efforts at encouraging the growth of civil aviation saw the start of construction of a purpose-built civilian airport at the present location in 1938.[8] Works were temporarily abandoned due to the Second World War and the airport opened to civilian traffic in 1948.[8]

Major works were undertaken after the war. The accession of Greece to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation saw NATO-funded investments such as the expansion of the 10/28 runway to 2,440 metres (8,010 ft) and the inauguration of a new terminal building in 1965.[8] Damage to the tower caused by the 1978 Thessaloniki earthquake meant it needed to be torn down, and a new tower, still in operation, was built.[8] Modernisation works were undertaken in the late 1990s, as part of the celebrations for Thessaloniki being European Capital of Culture in 1997.[8] In 1993 the airport took the name Makedonia (Greek: , Macedonia).[8]

A modernisation and expansion project for runway 10/28 began in 2005, with an initial completion date of 2011, but has since been delayed and is expected to enter service in January 2019.[9] Modernisation projects on the tarmac and other runway are expected to be completed in 2019.[9]

Years of government mismanagement and lack of investment saw the operational aspect of the airport privatised in 2015. Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group joint venture and the state privatisation fund agreed to the privatisation of the airport operations, and 13 other Greek airports, in December 2015.[10] Fraport Greece will operate the airport for 40 years starting on 11 April 2017.[11] It pledged to invest 400 million ($450.96 million) on the various airports, including a refurbishment of the existing terminal at Thessaloniki as well as the construction of a second terminal.[12] Construction on the new terminal began on 19 September 2018.[6] Fraport expects passenger traffic to increase by 48% by 2026 as a result of its investment.[8]


The airport's terminal consists of three floors. The ground floor serves arrivals only and is divided into two sections: international/extra-Schengen arrivals and domestic/intra-Schengen arrivals. The second floor serves departures and also includes a shopping center. On this floor there are 34 check-in counters, waiting areas, bars, stores and various airlines' offices. The third floor houses two restaurants and several bars with views to the runways. There are two passenger lounges. An additional terminal is to be opened in 2021.[9]

The airport has two runways (10/28 and 16/34) and two taxiways. There are 22 stands for narrow-body aircraft and about 20 for light aircraft.

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Athens, Chania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Heraklion, Larnaca, MoscowDomodedovo, Munich, Mytilene, Rhodes, Stuttgart, Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal: Hannover (resumes 4 June 2019),[13] Mykonos, Nuremberg, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Santorini
Seasonal charter: Katowice, Yerevan (begins 3 July 2019)[14]
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Serbia Belgrade
Alitalia Seasonal: MilanLinate, RomeFiumicino
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel AvivBen Gurion
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal charter: Yerevan
Astra Airlines Chios, Heraklion, Ikaria, Kos, Lemnos, Mytilene, Samos, Syros
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Kefalonia (begins 7 June 2019), Milos, Munich, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk
Blue Air Larnaca
British Airways Seasonal: LondonGatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
CondorSeasonal: Frankfurt
Cyprus Airways Larnaca
easyJet BerlinSchönefeld, LondonGatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: LondonLuton, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Ellinair Athens, Chania, Heraklion, Mineralnye Vody, MoscowVnukovo, Rhodes, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Astana, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Dnipropetrovsk, Frankfurt, Katowice (begins 26 May 2019), Kazan, Kharkiv, KievBoryspil, Krasnodar, Lviv, MoscowSheremetyevo, Munich, Mykonos, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Odessa, Omsk, Riga, Rostov-on-Don-Platov, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Santorini, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh, WarsawChopin, Yekaterinburg
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Gdask, Katowice, Pozna, WarsawChopin, Wrocaw
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hannover
Germania Seasonal: Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg
Israir Seasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, LondonStansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Neos Seasonal: MilanMalpensa, Verona
Olympic Air Chios, Kalamata, Samos
Seasonal: Paros
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair Athens (ends 31 March 2019), Beauvais, Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bologna, Bratislava, Charleroi, Chania, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, LondonStansted, Memmingen, Naples, Nuremberg, Paphos, RomeCiampino, WarsawModlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Bremen, Budapest (begins 4 May 2019), Copenhagen, Dublin (begins 3 May 2019),[15] Girona, Gothenburg, Kraków (begins 4 April 2019),[16] Lappeenranta (begins 4 April 2019), Malta (begins 1 April 2019),[17] Manchester (begins 3 April 2019),[18] Stockholm-Skavsta, Tel AvivBen Gurion (begins 1 April 2019)[19]
Scandinavian Airlines StockholmArlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen
Sky Express Chios, Corfu, Mytilene, Samos, Skyros
SmartWings Seasonal: Prague
Seasonal charter: Brno, Ostrava
Sun D'OrSeasonal: Tel AvivBen Gurion (begins 14 April 2019)[20]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
TAROM Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: ParisOrly
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Gdask, WarsawChopin
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava
TUI AirwaysSeasonal: Birmingham (begins 6 May 2019),[21] Bristol (begins 2 May 2019),[21] East Midlands, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton (begins 2 May 2019),[21] Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk (ends 2 March 2018), Istanbul (begins 3 March 2019)[22]
Utair Seasonal: MoscowVnukovo
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Wizz Air Budapest, Iai, Kutaisi, LondonLuton (begins 1 July 2019),[23] Vienna



Between 1994 and 2010, Thessaloniki Airport saw a rise in passenger traffic equal to 76%, from 2.2 million in 1994 to 3.9 million in 2010.[3] Between 2003 and 2008 the airport saw a passenger traffic increase of 19.1% from 3.5 million to almost 4.2 million passengers, an all-time high. The number of passengers dropped in next years. However, over the last two years the airport experienced passenger traffic increase to just above four million by 2013. Significant traffic increase took place during 2014, with the total number of passengers exceeding the five million mark for the first time.[3]


The data taken from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) until 2016 and from 2017 onwards from the Fraport Greece website.[24][25]

Millions of Passengers 19942018[26]
Year Passengers
Domestic International Total
1994 719,846 1,507,641 2,227,487
1995 795,085 1,541,134 2,336,219
1996 922,190 1,577,702 2,499,892
1997 1,108,736 1,688,430 2,797,166
1998 1,039,149 1,627,926 2,667,075
1999 1,328,976 1,857,745 3,186,721
2000 1,533,383 2,014,644 3,548,027
2001 1,343,366 2,087,453 3,430,819
2002 1,219,063 2,038,373 3,257,436
2003 1,446,677 2,054,245 3,500,922
2004 1,496,411 2,124,498 3,620,909
2005 1,462,505 2,208,076 3.670.581
2006 1,486,833 2,316,021 3,802,854
2007 1,644,950 2,523,019 4,167,969
2008 1,611,883 2,557,676 4,169,559
2009 1,713,890 2,390,305 4,104,195
2010 1,682,071 2,228,680 3,910,751
2011 1,487,972 2,470,503 3,958,475
2012 1,449,116 2,557,088 4,006,204
2013 1,409,608 2,629,968 4,039,576
2014 1,892,018 3,058,708 4,950,726
2015 2,314,773 3,026,520 5,341,293
2016 2,423,095 3,312,486 5,735,581
2017 2,352,838 3,894,676 6,247,514
2018 2,333,505 4,355,688 6,689,193
Year Flights
Domestic International Total
2016 22,120 26,590 48,710
2017 23,608 31,323 54,931
2018 21,764 33,543 55,307
Traffic by country (2017)
Traffic by country Thessaloniki Airport[27]
Place Country Arriving Pax Departing Pax Total Pax %Pax Share
1 Greece 871,562 875,298 1,746,860 34.7%
2 Germany 543,369 562,520 1,105,889 22.0%
3 Cyprus 163,915 165,217 329,132 6.5%
4 Russia 162,973 163,755 326,728 6.5%
5 United Kingdom 152,720 153,763 306,483 6.1%
6 Italy 80,299 86,257 166,556 3.3%
7 Turkey 54,422 54,537 108,959 2.2%
8 Poland 53,869 53,822 107,691 2.1%
9 Netherlands 43,308 44,213 87,521 1.7%
10 Belgium 40,446 42,154 82,600 1.6%
Busiest routes
Busiest routes from Thessaloniki Airport
Rank Destination Airport Monthly one-way
capacity 2016
1 Athens ATH 65,298 Aegean Airlines, Ellinair, Ryanair
2 Munich MUC 16,678 Aegean Airlines
3 Stuttgart STR 11,490 Aegean Airlines, Germanwings
4 Berlin SXF 10,710 easyJet, Ryanair
5 Larnaca LCA 9,826 Aegean Airlines, Blue Air, Cobalt Air, Ellinair
6 Heraklion HER 9,798 Astra Airlines, Ellinair, Olympic Air
7 Istanbul IST 9,060 Turkish Airlines
8 Paphos PFO 8,883 Ryanair
9 Düsseldorf DUS 8,859 Aegean Airlines, Eurowings, Astra Airlines
10 Chania CHQ 8,802 Olympic Air, Ryanair, Aegean Airlines
11 Frankfurt FRA 8,406 Aegean Airlines, Astra Airlines, Condor, Ellinair
12 London LGW 8,304 easyJet, British Airways
Top Airlines
Monthly one-way capacity for 2016[28]
Rank Airline Passengers Change
1 Aegean Airlines 105,348 8.8%
2 Ryanair 75,789 9.3%
3 Easyjet 15,888 1.8%
4 Ellinair 15,408 51%
5 Germanwings 11,760 13.5%
6 Air Berlin 10,578 51%
7 Olympic Air (NEW) 10,062 N/A
8 Turkish Airlines 9,060 4.9%
9 Air Serbia 5,820 2.1%
10 Transavia 5,670 0.7%
11 Astra Airlines 5,284 54.3%
12 Austrian Airlines 5,220 26.3%


KTELMakedonia Airport
Thessaloniki Bus Station (KTEL)
New Railway Station
(N. Sid. Stathmos )
Aristotelous Square
Agia Fotini/University of Macedonia
University of Macedonia
(Panepistimio )
Dimarhiako Megaro
Laografiko Mousio
Megaro Mousikis/25 Martiou
25 Martiou
Periferiaki Enotita Thessalonikis
Makedonia Airport Departures
Makedonia Airport Arrivals
Car and car rental

The airport is directly connected with the city's major road arteries in the southeast, the EO16 and the A25, which connects Thessaloniki with Chalkidiki, via the 67. The Thessaloniki Inner Ring Road offers access to the A1/E75 and A2/E90 motorways, making transportation to and from Thessaloniki Airport relatively easy. A total of 2,285 parking spaces for cars exist at the front of the terminal building. A car rental service is available at the terminal building.[29]


There are plans to connect the airport with the Thessaloniki Metro network, which is set to open in phases between 2020 and 2021. Attiko Metro, the company overseeing the project, has published a map of proposed extensions, and it includes an overground extension of Line 2 towards the airport.[30] This extension not an immediate concern for the company, however, since the terminus of Line 2, Mikra, will be connected with the airport by a 10-minute shuttle bus.[31]

Public bus

The airport is served on a 24-hour basis by bus 01X/01N of the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH), which provides bus services between the Thessaloniki Bus Station (KTEL) and Makedonia airport arrivals/departures.[32] The journey between KTEL and the airport is 49 minutes.[32] As of September 2018, a single bus fare costs 2, or 1 with a discount.[33]


A metered taxi service is available outside the airport terminal building 24-hours. The journey between the Airport and the centre of Thessaloniki is about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The fare to the city centre is fixed at 20. There is an 8 surcharge for trips ending between midnight and 5 am. Luggage charges are waived.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 12 August 1997, Olympic Airways Flight 171, a Boeing 727-230 registered as SX-CBI inbound from Athens Ellinikon Airport, touched down late and was steered off the runway to avoid overrunning into the sea. None of the 35 passengers and crew were killed, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.[34]
  • On 17 December 1997, Aerosvit Flight 241, a Yakovlev Yak-42, operating the route from Odessa, Ukraine to Thessaloniki, lost contact with the airport's air traffic control and during the second attempt the aircraft crashed in the Pierian Mountains, near Mount Olympus. A total of 70 people, passengers and crew, 41 of which were Greeks, were killed.
  • On 4 July 2000, HA-LCR, a chartered Malév Flight 262 Tupolev Tu-154 landed on its belly. The crew had forgotten to lower the undercarriage and the plane skidded 400 m (1,300 ft) on the runway. Thanks to the plane's robust construction and the engines' high position, the plane was able to become airborne again as the pilots applied full throttle. It circled while the crew lowered the undercarriage and landed safely. There were no injuries. It was considered uneconomical to repair the aircraft. The aircraft still remains on site,[35] although airline markings have been obscured and it has been heavily depleted of re-usable spares.
  • On 15 June 2013, an AMC Airlines Boeing 737-800 on behalf of Astra Airlines Greece, registration SU-BPZ performing flight A2-921 from Novosibirsk (Russia) to Thessaloniki (Greece) with 160 passengers, landed on Thessaloniki's runway 16 at about 07:14L (04:14Z) but overran the end of the runway by about 110 meters/360 feet and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. No injuries occurred, the aircraft received minor if any damage.[36]

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