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Heraklion Airport HER

Heraklion airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” or Heraklion International airport, is the second busiest airport in Greece. It took its name from the famous author Nikos Kazantzakis and is 4km from the center of the city at Alikarnassos.

Heraklion Airport
Heraklion Airport

As the second largest airport in Greece, travelers can catch a flight from Heraklion to domestic areas in Greece (including the islands) or head to one of hundreds of cities around the world. Although Heraklion only has one runway, it services over 40 airlines, operates 24-hours a day and sees millions of travelers every year. By the beginning of the tourist season in 2025 a new airport should be ready at a new site -Kastelli. The cost of the project will reach 1 billion euros and will be funded on a concession basis for a period of 35 years. The new airport is expected to cater 5 to 10 million passengers per year replacing the “Nikos Kazantzakis” airport at Heraklion which will cease operations upon the inauguration of the new one at Kastelli.

Today, the airport has many named varieties. It’s also known as Iraklio, Heraclion, Iraklion, and other variations. Heraklion Airport sits 3 miles (4.83km) from the city of Heraklion. It is the largest of the three airports on the island of Crete and is the second largest airport in Greece before Athens.

Heraklion Airport is the second busiest airport in Greece with nearly 8 million passengers.

Heraklion Airport opened in 1939 and is located 5km from downtown.

With an official airport code of HER, Heraklion airport boasts a 2,680-meter runway and close connections to popular tourist destinations such as Malia and Analipsi, resulting in the airport becoming busier over past years, signalling a boost in Crete’s tourism.

HER Airport Information

IATA airport code: HER

ICAO airport code: LGIR

Airport type: Public / Military

Owner: Greek State

Serves: Heraklion

Hub for:

  • Bluebird Airways
  • Sky Express

Location: 5 km (3.1 mi) east of Heraklion


Below are the services available at the Heraklion Airport:

  • Currency Exchange Facilities
  • ATMs
  • Duty-Free Shop
  • Shops And Restaurants
  • Payphones
  • Luggage Storage Service
  • Lost And Found Office
  • Post Office
  • Hotel Reservation Service.
  • Heraklion Airport Lounge (In The Check-In Area)
  • Baby Rooms
  • Car Rental Counters
  • Rent A Bike Offices
  • Cart Services


Taxi services are available for around 20 euro each way from Heraklion city centre and 80 euro to Elounda. Passengers can use Heraklion Airport car rental services as an alternative. There is a bus available that takes passengers from the airport to the bus terminal in the city.

From Heraklion Airport passengers can use the following transportation options to get to any part of Crete Island. See the information as follows:

Bus: From Heraklion Airport there are several bus options to Heraklion Town and Port.
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Taxi: Get to Heraklion Town in several minutes by taxi.
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Car Rental: Renting a car in Heraklion Airport is a good idea to move around.
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Shared rides: Although passenger riding apps like Uber offer shared rides that help split the cost of journeys, for the time this service is not available at Heraklion Airport.


Heraklion International Airport has a single terminal building and two runways.

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Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis is located 5 kilometres 3.1 mi) east of the Greek capital city of Heraklion in the Heraklion Municipality.

Shopping and dining

There are many small shops and a duty-free shop in Heraklion Airport that allows for any last-minute shopping.

Food and Drink

There are two full-service restaurants in Heraklion Airport and there are some cafes that you should not miss if you’re looking for a quick bite at a low price. This cafe has some classic Greek food as well as American fare. You can also grab some coffee at Everest and use their free WiFi!

There are a few watering holes in the Heraklion airport if you need to grab a beer or glass of wine to pass the time or calm your nerves.

Otherwise, there are a few sandwich and snack bars scattered around the airport to hold you over while you wait for your flight.

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Quick Facts About Heraklion Airport

Here are some of the more interesting statistics about Heraklion Airport:

    • Airlines operating currently at Heraklion Airport: 65 (with seasonal service only)
    • International Air Transport Association code: ΗΕΡ
    • International Civil Aviation Organization code: LGΙΡ
    • Elevation: About 115 feet (or roughly 35 meters)
    • Address: Heraklion International Airport N.Kazantzakis, 71601 Heraklion Crete, Greece
    • Distance to Heraklion Town: About 5 kilometers (or roughly 3 miles)


Address: Heraklion International Airport N.Kazantzakis 71601 Heraklion Crete, Greece

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