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RHODES AIRPORT RHO – RHODES DIAGORAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT




Rhodes Airport (IATA: RHO) is located 14 km to the southern-west side of the town of Rhodes, near the village of Paradisi. It is the fourth largest airport in Greece, with a total passenger volume, according to the movement of the year 2019, reaching 803.996 passengers for domestic flights and 5.542.567 passengers for international flights. The airport takes its name Diagoras from the ancient legendary boxer Diagoras of Rhodes.
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The airport accommodates both scheduled flights and charter flights, especially during the summer months when the tourism traffic increases.

It started to operate on the 28th June 1977, replacing the outdated civil use airport that was located a couple of kilometers towards the eastern side, in the area of Maritsa, and that today is used by the military. The aircraft parking floor covers a total area of 110.600 square meters with a possibility of parking 13 aircrafts while the terminal building has an area of 20.753 square meters with a capacity of 1700 passengers, with the expansions and improvements continuing.

Rhodes Airport Diagoras has one terminal which is comprised of two separate buildings joined by a corridor. On the ground and first floor departures are served with facilities for check-in, baggage checks, passenger screening, shops, restaurants, cafes and departure gates. Arrivals are from the ground floor’s southern corner with passport control, customs, car rental services, and baggage reclaim carousels in this area.

Rhodes Airport Diagoras, is one of the most busiest airport in Greece with nearly 5 million passengers.

To get to Rhodes Town via taxi, from Rhodes Airport Diagoras it takes about 20 min without traffic and will cost about 25 euro.

Rhodes International Airport does not have bridges for access to airplanes so access to and from flights is via a bus from the concourse level. Both parts of the terminal are currently under renovation and will continue to be so for the next few years due to outdated amenities and aging systems. So far, the toilets and air conditioning units have been modernised with new check in facilities and a new interior visage next on the list of changes. These will be completely predominantly over winter months when passenger numbers are lower, and work can be carried out with little disruption. Other current facilities at the airport include a medical centre, a police station, airline staff offices,
a car rental station, VIP and premium lounges, tour operator booths, refurbished duty free shops, and a selection of cafes and restaurants. Civil aviation in Rhodes didn’t begin until after the Second World War. Prior to the war, the only airports accessible on the island were either military or private. After the war, Rhodes Maritsa Airport, not far from the current site of Rhodes Airport, was built for non-military purposes and continued to be the main airport on the island until 1977. It was at this time that Rhodes International Airport opened to accommodate the large influx of tourists to the island. Maritsa Airport remains open today but is used solely for military purposes.



Over the years, improvements have been made to Rhodes Airport Diagoras, with expansions to facilities, new taxiways, and replacement airport buildings being built to accommodate the large number of tourists arriving on the island each and every day. An upgraded passenger terminal was opened in 2005 to provide a more modern experience for passengers. As it stands right now the airport covers an area of over 60,000 m2 making it one of the largest airports in Greece.

In December 2015 the airport was bought and privatised along with thirteen other regional airports by a joint venture between Fraport AG and Copelouzos Group. The contract they signed with the state privatisation fund gives them the right to operate Rhodes International airport and the other thirteen airports for 40 years from that date.