The airport of Karpathos island is a small, but modern airport in Greece, located in the southern side of the island. Guide with useful and important informations, photos and description of Karpathos Airport (Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου).
Where to find Karpathos Airport on the island
Karpathos Airport (Karpathos Island National Airport, Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου) is located in the southeastern part of Karpathos island, about 14 kilometers away from Pigadia. It was built on the plains of Karpathos, where the geographical conditions allow a built of a long runway.
The airport of Karpathos island is one of the smallest international airports in Greece, but it is very important for the island, because because this is the primary connection between Karpathos and other Greek islands, and of course several countries of Europe. The IATA code which is used for Karpathos Airport is AOK, so if you are looking for a flight to Karpathos island, you need to look ‘AOK’ codename.
About Karpathos National Airport (AOK)
Despite its small size the airport of Karpathos handles most of the turism on the island, its passenger traffic was 267,828 people in the year of 2019 (in the year 2020-2021 the air traffic has fallen due to COVID-19). Karpathos airport is connected with Pigadia (Karpathos town, Κάρπαθος) by public transports, such as by local bus transport and by taxi.
In the arrival / departure terminal there are some important services for travelers, such as a mini cafe bar with snacks and coffee, or a small Duty Free Shop where you can buy alcoholic drinks, tobacco, desserts or small gifts. Outside the terminal building there can be find a bus stop, a small taxi station, and some parking lots.
Karpathos Airport rent a car
One of the best experiences in Karpathos to rent a car and discover the highlighs of the island. You can pick up the rented car at Karpathos airport, from where you can drive safely to your accommodation and you can discover the beauties of Karpathos island during your holiday.
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During summer months domestic flights and international charters arrive to Karpathos Airport, but the air traffic is much less than other Greek islands, such as in Crete or in Rhodes.
Karpathos Airport history
Karpathos island was accessible only by the sea for a long time. As you can see on the photos, the mountanious area of Karpathos made very difficult to build an airport, but in the south there are some flat areas, where the engineers have developed a plan. The first constructions of Karpathos Airport began in the ’60s, and it was completed in 1970, when the first small planes were able to land in Karpathos.
In the beginning the airport has just a few small buildings and some basic services, but many decades ago, before the presence of mass tourism is was enough. In the last two decades there were several significant improvements, which make better the infrastructures and the comfort of the passengers.
The buildings of the airport were renovated and expanded, and Karpathos Airport (Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου) is maybe one of the smallest international airports in Greece with a tiny terminal, but it has a modern infrastructure and enough to serve the current air traffic.
Airlines and flights to Karpathos island
Karpathos is connected by flights with some Greek islands and a lot of European country. The airlines are the following, which arrive to Karpathos island with flights:
- Aegean Airlines
- Olympic Air
- Condor Airlines
- Scandinavian Airlines
- Sky Express
- Neos Airlines
- Austrian Airlines
Countries from where airlines arrive to Karpathos: Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finnland, Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic
The international flights and charters are seasonal, most of these operate during summer season.
Airports in Greece from where airlines arrive to Karpathos: Rhodes (RHO), Crete (HER), Kasos (KSJ), Athens (ATH)
Domestic flights to Karpathos operate during winter months, and connect the island with Rhodes, Kasos and Athens.
If you fly to Karpathos island, Greece, and you are looking for apartments, studios and hotels, don’t forget to check the photos and guest reviews here: apartments, hotels and villas in Karpathos island
In Karpathos Airport (Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου) usually you don’t have to wait long time to checkin, the service is usually fast enough. The terminal of the airport has a nice views to the runway, it has a small Duty Free shop and a cafeteria where you can have a coffee or a snack while waiting for departure.
Karpathos Airport info (Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου)
- Also known as: Karpathos National Airport, Αεροδρόμιο Καρπάθου
- IATA code: AOK
- Coordinates: 35.427045, 27.149073
- Karpathos 857 00, Greece
- 14 kilometers from Pigadia
- Facilities: parking lot, bus stop, car rent, Duty Free shop, snack bar, ATM
- Accessibility: by car, by local bus service, by taxi service
- Runway: 1 primary runway, widh a length of 2399 meters
- Car rent in Karpathos Airport (in the search field just type Karpathos Airport for car rental offers in the airport)
Karpathos Airport passenger traffic in recent years
- 2019: 267,828
- 2020: 56,707
- 2021: 151,150
Distances from Karpathos National Airport (AOK) to villages of Karpathos island
- Airport – Kipi Afiartis (Afiartis): 1 km
- Airport – Amoopi (Lakki): 10 km
- Airport – Arkasa (Arcesine): 11 km
- Airport – Finiki (Foiniki): 12 km
- Airport – Menetes: 12 km
- Airport – Pigadia (Karpathos town, Κάρπαθος): 14 km
- Airport – Aperi: 20km
- Airport – Volada: 22 km
- Airport – Othos: 23 km
- Airport – Pyles (Piles): 20 km
- Airport – Kyra Panagia (Kira Panagia): 28 km
- Airport – Kato Lefkos: 32 km
- Airport – Spoa: 38 km
- Airport – Olymbos: 57 km
- Airport: Diafani: 63 km