Rhodes International Airport, officially called Diagoras International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the country. Situated at a very ideal location, just 14 km north of the village Paradeisi, Rhodes International Airport is the fourth-largest airport of the country. Dedicated to Diagoras, a Greek poet and sophist of the 5th century B.C., it handles approximately 5.5 million passengers annually and is a well-established and well reputed facility.
Considered to be a big airport, numerous airlines operate from here taking flights to various destinations all over the world like Athens, Munich, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Riga, Zurich, London, Vienna, Naples, Glasgow, Manchester and many others. These airlines include Air Berlin airlines, Arkefly, Blu express, British airways, Condor, easy jet, Germanwings and jetairfly among others. The airport has also been awarded two awards for being the best airport in Southern Europe.
Both scheduled and charter flights operate at the airport, especially during the summer when there is peak tourism traffic. The airport has the capacity of parking 13 aircrafts and it boasts of a huge aircraft parking floor of 110,600 square meters. The terminal building can house 1700 passengers and has an area of 20,753 sq meters with continuous expansions and improvements.
Diagoras International Airport has one terminal which consists of two different buildings conjoined by a hallway. Departures are served both in the ground and first floor which are fully equipped with check-ins, baggage checks, passenger screening, gates and shops whereas only the ground floor's southern corner is used for arrivals. Among other facilities, a police station, a medical clinic, airline and handlers’ offices, along with recently refurbished duty-free shops, cafes and restaurants are housed at the airport grounds. The airport has a single runway which is 3,306 meters long.
The airport has been gradually renovated with expansion to facilities planned, new taxiways and refurbished airport buildings. In 2005, an upgraded passenger terminal was inaugurated for a more comfortable and modern experience for the passengers. The airport was privatized along with numerous other regional airports by a joint venture between Fraport AG and Copelouzos Group in 2015.