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Code name (IATA: CFU, ICAO: LGKR)Corfu airport is located south of Corfu town west of Garitsa and kanoni and north of the Mouse island with which is almost in straight line, inside the Chalikiopoulos lagoon which was an important wetland and in ancient times was the natural harbor of ancient Corfu.
In fact the lagoon of Chalkiopoulos has been banking up to host the airport’s runway.
Corfu Town is just 3 kilometres away or a few minutes by car, there is a blue bus line connecting the town with the airport.
International Corfu Airport Ioannis Kapodistrias took its name after Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of modern Greece.
On landing when it is from the south, which is usually the case, passengers have the opportunity to admire a breathtaking panorama of the Mouse island, the monastery of Vlaherna and the hills of Kanoni, the runway is laying only a few hundred meters on the side of these sightseens.
Corfu airport has only one and relatively small runway, just 2,400 meters long, and its proximity to the highway on the north edge has given the airport the reputation of one of the most dangerous.
Despite this though, a serious accident never happened and there are all the technical infrastructure available for safe operation, including a modern aviation radar on the top of Agioi Deka mountain.
The airport started its operation in 1962 and became international after the construction of a new passenger station which was completed in 1972, of course from then have been many additions and upgrades needed for the growing traffic.
The Corfu airport now serves domestic flights of Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines, but the vast majority of traffic during the summer season consists of charter flights by European tour operators.
Corfu Airport in the past
The small almost 600 meters first runway in Corfu Airport was first used on March 22th of 1937, when a Heston Phoenix airplane landed here piloted by Efstratios Xidis.
After the war, materials from the destroyed by bombing houses were used to landfill part of Halikiopoulos Lake and grow the runway by 200 meters, this was done until April of 1949.
The work for the next and final extension of the runway were made between 1957-1959, the runway now is 2400 meters and reaches almost to the bridge that connects the Kanoni peninsula with Perama next to the Mouse island.
The first flight carrying seven passengers was on April 19th of 1949 from an Avro Anson type plane belonged to AME company.
Followed a few flights by TAE and HELLAS companies with DC-3 airplanes.
Due to competition, companies AME and HELLAS forced to merge with the TAE which later was bought by Aristotle Onassis who founded the Olympic airways in 1957.
The first small building of the passenger terminal at Corfu airport was constructed in 1962, the airport became international in 1965 and the new passenger terminal was constructed in 1968 and ended in 1972.
Corfu Airport – Facilities and car hireIn the airport’s main terminal building there is an information desk, a bank, ATM and currency exchange, post office, a duty free shop, a pop art shop, a health center and a coffee bar offering drinks and snacks.
For lost objects you need to report at the information desk.
At the airport there are also some travel agencies.
Outside the terminal building there is a taxi rank.
Taxis are available when the airport is operating.
Taxis also can be booked online or by phone, it can sometimes cost more, but it is always safer and you never share the taxi with others.
Tips for Taxi
When you make online reservations for a taxi is advisable to always use a credit card to avoid any scams.
If you want to rent a car, there are car rental companies operating on the airport, such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.
There are also employees of other companies here to help you if you have booked a car from them.