Chania Airport has the airport code of CHQ and is officially known as the “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” International Airport, in honour of the 18th-century Cretan rebel against the Ottoman Empire.
Chania Airport is on the Akrotiri (or Souda) peninsula, about 20 minutes’ drive (14 kilometres) from Chania. Chania Airport hosts domestic flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki and other Greek airports. From April to early November there are also many direct charter flights to Chania Airport from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and other European coutrues.
Chania airport is especially popular with Americans visiting relatives stationed at the Souda Bay NATO base nearby.
Approximately 2,500,000 passengers use Chania Airport each year. This passenger traffic means that the infrastructure needs to be improved further. It should be noted that the airport can serve 1,100 passengers per hour, while actual traffic in July and August reaches 2,500 passengers per hour.
Today the plans for the modernisation of “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” Airport at Chania are complete, and now it is just a matter of time before the building of the new passenger building and the new Control Tower begins.