Kalamata Airport

Kalamata Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Kalamata mainly operates summer charter flights for tourists.
  • The airport is also a military base which shares the runway.
  • The airport opened in 1959.
  • The only scheduled year-round services are to Athens.
  • Nearly 300,000 passengers used its terminal last year.

Kalamata Airport Mini Guide

Kalamata Airport is a small airport which is only used by around eighty thousand passengers per year. It has the airport code KLX and this international airport serves the city of Kalamata in Greece. The single runway airport deals with a great deal of charter flights, mostly tourists from other parts of Europe who are going to Greece for the summer when the weather is good. These charter flights began in the 1980s, about 30 years after the airport first started its operations.



Although there are not many scheduled flights you can take a regular service to Thessaloniki which is the second largest city in Greece. In 1991 a new aircraft terminal was built. Because this is a joint public and military facility the Hellenic Air Force base is located on-site. Meanwhile the terminal is run by the Hellenic Civil Aviation authority. To drive to Kalamata Airport you can take the GR-7, E55, and E65 roads which connect Kalamata with Tripoli and Corinth. Alternatively the terminal can be accessed via the GR82 road which also serves Sparta and Pylos.
 
Hiring a car in Kalamata is the cheapest way to see the Peloponnese Islands. Kalamata is the capital and second largest city of these islands and it is a major port. More than 55,000 people live there and it is mainly known for producing wonderful Greek foods.

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Kalamata olives are world famous and they also produce sweet figs. It is well-connected to the mainland via ferries and you can enquire about taking your hire car across with our staff.

Once you have done so it is only a short drive to all of the important areas to see in Greece including Thessaloniki, Athens and Sparta. The main road there is the GR 82 which goes between Kalamata and Sparta. Much of the road runs through mountains so you need to allow a bit of extra driving time.
 
Kalamata has a long history having been mentioned by the writer Homer who wrote the Odyssey. Sightseers can go to the ruins of the ancient city of Pharai.

The city overlooks the Messenian Gulf which is usually the first stop for tourists who want to enjoy the wonderful beaches and fine climate of this part of the world. If you are not a beach person there is plenty of walking to be done and you can head into the nearby Taygetus mountain.

Latest Update from Kalamata Airport:

10/05/12 - As travellers become more adventurous, shying away from the more crowded Greek islands, Kalamata, amongst other places has grown in popularity. Ever increasing passenger numbers has led to new routes including ones from Stockholm and Vienna,adding to the many trans-European flights which include three from the UK.

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Kalamata means beautiful eyes in Greek and it’s thought that the name comes from the shape of the brown olives for which the area is famous. There are a number of excellent beaches in the area and cultural attractions such as the Kalamatianos dance performed in the region.

Take a hire car around the villages and try the local pasteli, a sesame seed and honey sweet famous in the region. When the day is over, try some traditional Kalamata cooking with lashings of the local olive oil and big juicy olives. You just know it’s going to be very healthy.

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