Heraklion Airport Guide to Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis - HER

Heraklion Airport Terminal

Heraklion Airport is the main gateway to mainland of the Greek island of Crete and the second largest airport in Greece.

It was first opened in 1937, especially used for the Hellenic Air Forces on the Second World War, reassuming civilian operations in 1946. A year after, the main terminal was completed and in 1953 there was constructed the first paved runway. It wasn’t until 1971 that the existing runway wasn’t expanded and a new terminal was erected, inaugurating the new airport in 1972. Since then, expanding and upgrading works were partially done.

The airport is served by many carriers and serving as a hub for the domestic airlines Olympic Airways and Aegean Airways and low-cost carrier Sky Express, serving flights to the popular Hellenic destinations of Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and Rhodes. 

New airport project

By 2019 it is scheduled to build the new Heraklion Airport Castelli at 40 km from Heraklion in order to replace the existing airport. 


Heraklion Airport has a single level passenger terminal, which is divided by the Domestic Arrivals Hall in the eastern part of the airport, the Domestic Departures Hall nearby the Domestic Arrivals, and at the central and western part of the airport, the Extra Schengen Departures and the Intra Schengen Departures Hall. There are 3 passengers lounge in total: one for the Intra Schengen Departures, another one for the Extra Schengen Departures, and the last one for the Domestic services.


The following airlines offers service to Heraklion Airport:

- Aegean Airlines
- Aeroflot
- Air Berlin
- Air Italy Polska
- Air Mediterranée
- Air Moldova
- Air One
- Air VIA
- Alitalia
- Arkefly
- Arkia Israel Airlines
- ASL Airlines France
- Astra Airlines
- Austrian Airlines
- Blue Air
- Condor
- Cyprus Airways
- EasyJet
- Edelweiss Air
- Europe Airpost
- FlyLal Charts Polska
- Fly Hellas
- Germanwings
- Holidays Czech Airlines
- Hungarian Airlines
- Iberia
- Israir Airlines
- ItAli Airlines
- Jet2.com
- Jetairfly
- Kavminvodyavia
- Lauda Air
- LOT Charters
- Luxair
- Meridiana
- Monarch Airlines
- Niki
- NordStar
- Norwegian Air Shuttle
- Novair
- Olympic Air
- Rossiya
- Sky Express
- Small Planet Airlines
- SmartLynx Airlines
- SmartWings
- Sun D’Or
- S7 Airlines
- Thomas Cook Airlines
- Thomson Airways
- Transaero Airlines
- Transavia
- Transavia France
- Travel Service
- TUIfly 
- Ural Airlines
- Vueling
- Wizz Air 
- XL Airways France
- XL airways Germany


Find the available services presented above in the main terminal of Heraklion Airport:

- Currency Exchange
- Left luggage
- Luggage wrapping
- Toilets
- Smoking allowed areas
- ATMs
- Parenting rooms
- Wheel-chair renting service
- Meeting points
- Post office
- First aid station
- Pharmacy
- VIP lounge
- Lost & found
- Travel agencies
- Duty-free shops
- Information booth
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Baggage carts
- Baggage storage
- Baggage check-in kiosks
- Telephones
- Kiosk