The international airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis is located in the north western part of the island (on the Akrotiti Peninsula) and is the second biggest airport of Crete. It lies close to the city of Chania (approx. 13 km), around 146 km west from the capital city of Heraklion.
The airport is officially named after the Cretan rebel Ioannis Daskalogiannis, who led a revolt against the Turkish rule in the 18th century. The locals call it simply"airport Chania".
The airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis is the second biggest airport of Crete and at the same time, it belongs to the busiest airports in Greece. During the summer season, it serves the charter flights from all Europe, for the rest of the year, above all the flights from Athens and other Greek cities are going here.
The originally military airport put the first personal terminal into use in 1967 and since 1974 the airport is open also for international flights. Today, it is being used for civil as well as for military purposes. The terminal is quite small, what can be experienced especially during the main season, when it is overloaded by the tourists.
The flight from Prague to Crete takes approximately 3 hours. After landing, the tourists can use a bus, which takes them into the city centre of Chania, wherefrom other bus lines are going to the biggest and most popular resorts of the island.
IATA code: CHQ
ICAO code: LGSA
Websites: www.chq-airport.gr, www.chania-airport.com, www.ypa.gr
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