Chania airport - The gateway to West Crete

Chania airport

Chania International Airport, "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" (IATA: CHQ, ICAO: LGSA) is an international airport located near Souda Bay on the peninsula of Akrotiri, 15 km from the city of Chania. It is named after Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Crete's most famous rebel against Ottoman rule in the 18th century.

There is a public bus service between the city of Chania and the airport.
A taxi stand is located right in front of the airport and there is generally no waiting time to get a taxi. It will cost about 20 Euro (2015 prices) to get to the airport from the city centre or vice versa.

If you come by car and want to park you can either use the car park right in front of the airport (a little more expensive) or park at one of the two car parks located just before the entrance of the airport. They are cheaper for long term parking and have a shuttle to the airport (or you could also walk, it's only around 200m away)



Chania airport is not as busy as Heraklion airport but it still handles about 1.5 million passengers a year.

Domestic flights (to Athens and a few to Thessaloniki) run throughout the year (there are about 6 to 10 Athens flights a day run by Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines).

Most charter flights to European destinations run from late April or early May to the end of October.

Chania airport is also a major Ryanair hub with flights to and from any European destinations

Check-in time for domestic flights is 60 minutes but you'll get away with 30 minutes and even less.

Check-in times for charter flights are generally 2 hours but check with your airline.

The airport operations office telephone is 28210 83800 or 28210 83803.

Services inside the airport are limited to say the least: there is no café or restaurant where you can sit down, only a counter selling beverages and sandwiches. There is also a shop selling Cretan products as well as a newsagent. And that's it, apart from car rental agency offices.

If your plane is delayed and you want to sit somewhere and maybe eat something you will need to walk out of the airport to the café located about 200 meters away from the entrance (right outside the airport area)

Please note that major extension work is currently (2016) taking place at Chania airport so what is described above could change at any time.
The airport extension work is far from finished but a new departure terminal has opened in July 2016, there is now a café selling refreshments and hopefully the rest of the work should gradually get completed soon and we'll have a spacious, light and pleasant airport.

Chania airport real time departures and arrivals

Hotels near Chania airport

There are no hotels really close to the airport. You can search for hotels within a wider radius here.




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