Kos Island International Airport Hippocrates (KGS)
History, Facts and Overview
The island of Kos became far easier to reach in 1964, the year that Ippokratis Airport opened for business. Complete with asphalt runway measuring some 1,200 metres / 3,935 feet, the airport enabled the island of Kos to promote itself and its endless stretches of beautiful sandy coastline. Ten years later, the runway was doubled in length, to cope with the larger charter aircraft that the airport was predicting in the future.
However, by the late 1980s, the island's popularity meant that the airport had outgrown itself and expansion had become a necessity. Soon after, a brand new terminal building opened and Kos Airport was transformed. Towards the end of the 1990s, a further terminal was erected and used solely for arrivals.
Ippokratis Airport has a very restricted choice of facilities. Passengers flying into Kos will find no financial services and only basic dining and refreshment options, while shopping is restricted to duty-free only, together with a small range of traditional Greek souvenirs.
There are no business facilities on-hand at the airport, since traffic here revolves very much around the thriving Kos tourism industry. However, the Neptune Hotels Convention Centre and Spa is close by.