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 (2016 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 2 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 April or May to the end of October or early November.

Chania airport is also a major Ryanair hub with flights to and from many 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.

The airport has just been renovated and substantially enlarged in 2017 with some work still ongoing.

There is now a café inside the airport. More shops will probably open soon in the stretch between the departure and arrivals area. The airport also finally has its own website.

Chania airport real time departures and arrivals


Car parking

There is a car park right in front of the airport. Price range from 3 Euro for up to 12 hours to 31 Euro per week (April 2017 prices). there are two more car parks just outside the airport grounds that are slightly cheaper (from 2 Euro for up to 12 hours to 20 Euro per week). The car parks are about 5 minutes on foot from the airport terminals and they also offer a shuttle.

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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