Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport – named after a famous Greek diplomat – is the main entrance gate in Corfu, from a tourist point of view, servicing the tourist platform of the island like no other means of transport does. The airport is located 3 kilometers southwards from Corfu Town, which means that its central position gives tourists the possibility to reach to all points on the island in a reasonably timely manner and without too much trouble. Thus, both the capital of the island and other popular resorts – such as Moraitika and Kavos (south), or Paleokastritsa and Kassiopi (north) – are within reach.
Though the airport as such has been operable since the late 1930s, it managed to become an international establishment no sooner than 1965. In time, the airport underwent several modernization and extension works, which enhanced its ability to service a larger number of tourists, may them be business or pleasure travelers. The one terminal it features manages to cope with the tourist flow it welcomes, though summer months tend to make the airport considerably more crowded. The airport is provided with several facilities meant to make travelers’ passage as useful as possible, such as an ATM, a post office, a currency exchange desk, a restaurant and four bars, as well as a tax free shop and a VIP lounge. Several national and international airlines operators have their offices located in the airport, of which the most significant refer to Olympic Airlines, Aegean Airlines and British Airways. Other airline operators providing charter flights are, for instance, EasyJet, Wizz Air and XL Airways.
The services provided by Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport as such are complemented by the ones offered by the major international car hire companies operating in the Arrivals aria of the Main Terminal Building: AVIS, Budget, Sixt, Hertz, National and Inter Europe. Hiring a car seems to be the most efficient way of getting off the airport and exploring the island. Traveling by bus is also a solution, since the airport is easily accessible by this means for transport. Bus number 2 Kanoni-Mandouki Circular operates daily with a specific program and links the airport to the main thoroughfares if Corfu. More specific information related to the activity of the Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport can be obtained at www.hcaa-eleng.gr.
There are two ways of flying to/from Corfu. In terms of national flight, one can take off/land wither from/to Athens or Thessaloniki, the main Greek cities linking the island of Corfu to the mainland. On the other hand, most of the international flights first stop in Athens and then continue their trajectory to Corfu. However, there are plenty of charter flights which link Corfu directly to certain European cities. A significant part of charter flights link Corfu directly to plenty of UK airports, such as the ones in Belfast, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester or Glasgow and, of course, London, as well as Gatwick, Luton, Newcastle, Norwich, Stansted, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff. Airline operators in charge of these flights make regular trips to Corfu in summer (from April to September), and they do not have a strict schedule for the remaining months of the year.