Guide to Lassithi Airport (JSH)

You will find all the needed information about the airport of Lassithi below:
PlanesHow to move aroundFacilities

In brief, Lassithi's airport hosts numerous direct charter flights from all over the country (including large airports like Athens and Thessaloniki), along with a number of international flights in the summertime.

Getting its name after the revered Cretan poet, Sitia Public Airport Vitsentzos Kornaros (IATA code: JSH, ICAO code: LGST) can be spotted at the northern part of the seaside Sitia Town.

Since 1984, Sitia Public Airport has been a small community airport that connects the eastern part of Lassithi with key towns around Greece, as well as a handful of international destinations.

 

Planes

The quiet prefecture of Lassithi regularly connects with a handful of airports from its easternmost airport, Sitia. More specifically, there are flights from Sitia to Athens (ATH), Preveza (PVK), and Alexandroupolis (AXD), most of which are handled by Olympic Air and Sky Express. Moreover, there are some not-so-frequent flights between Sitia and other spots around Europe (such as the Italian cities Milan and Naples) handled by easyJet and other companies. Check out all flights that reach Sitia, ranging from inexpensive flights to Athens to deluxe trips with prestigious airlines.

The nearest airport other than Sitia is the airport of Heraklion, and there are no direct flights between them, though some people prefer traveling to Heraklion by plane and then using a bus or car to reach Lassithi due to increased itineraries.

Note: All direct flights are from Europe and select spots in the Middle East.

 

How to get to & leave the airport

Distances from:
Ierapetra: 59.7 km / 37.1 miles | Agios Nikolaos: 66.6 km / 41.4 miles | Elounda: 76 km / 47.2 miles | Makry Gialos: 39.2 km / 24.4 miles

Public buses

A cost-efficient and quick option for getting from the airport to the town of Sitia is by using the public bus! It may be a brief oute, yet the bus will help you reach the town quickly.

Tip: Should you use public transport, remember that the bus does not always make a stop at every bus stop unless you notify the driver.
If you are unaware of where your bus stop is, inform the driver in advance about where you are heading, so that he stops at your destination!

Transfers and Taxis

Taxis are easy to find at the airport of Sitia! However, if you aim to depart from the airport as soon as possible, you can consider booking a transfer service in advance.
Also, you can opt for a pick-up with local drivers!

Car rentals

If you have just arrived and would like to rent a car, you may spot a couple of car rental desks at the airport.

Shuttle Services

Many hotels/accommodations have shuttle services that can take you to the airport of Sitia, some at an extra cost. You may contact your hotel for more information.

 

Facilities

Sitia Airport covers an area of over 1,922,000 square meters (~475 acres) and after its renovation in 2002, it can host large planes. It has info desks, though you can also give them a call for the necessary information (tel: 0030 28430 20151, 0030 28430 20157). Also, there are check-in counters, ample luggage space, various baggage services, the necessary security checks, and a cafeteria-restaurant, while Sitia Airport is accessible to people with mobility impairments. Additionally, spot a couple of small waiting rooms and a large parking space around the airport.

Since the airport is next to the town of Sitia, there are plenty of hotel options within walking distance. If you prefer to book accommodation near the airport, check out our hotel recommendations.

Near the airport

Other than Sitia Town (3 km), Sitia Public Airport Vitsentzos Kornaros is far from most known destinations of Lassithi, with the closest spots being the village of Agia Fotia (9.2 km), the stunning Papadiokampos Beach (11.9 km), and the fantastic Richtis Gorge (17.5 km).

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