The new weekly flights — seven morning daily routes (departure time from Athens 10:40) and five evening routes (departure time from Athens 19:40) — will directly connect the Kalamata International Airport “Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos” with the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and offer travellers increased destination accessibility, significantly reduced transfer times and enhanced connections with all major European and domestic destinations.
In addition to the new flights from Athens, new connections with Thessaloniki through Olympic Air have also been announced, operating as of October 16 and all year round, with 3 weekly flights in winter time, to reach 6 weekly flights in peak season.
Previously, in spring 2016, seven new European destinations came to enhance Kalamata’s airport connectivity, thus substantially increasing the number of visitors in the region.
According to data provided by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), arrivals at Kalamata airport increased by 23 percent compared to same period during 2015, thus making it first among other Greek airports in increasing its yearly passenger figures.
For 2017, a further increase is also expected, given the new flights being offered by Olympic Air from Athens.
Increased flight activity has established Kalamata international airport as among the fastest developing European airports.
In 2014, the “Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos” was ranked as the third fastest growing among 300 airports in 43 European cities, with a positively catalytic impact on tourism, economy and society.
It should be noted that since 2010, when luxury resort Costa Navarino first opened, and until the end of 2016, the increase in international arrivals in Kalamata is expected to reach 233 percent.