Heraklion (Iraklion) Airport

Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ηρακλείου "Νίκος Καζαντζάκης", Kratikos Aerolimenas "Nikos Kazantzakis"

Historical approach and aerodrome charts


For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN352023 E0251046 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLGIR

In the 1940s

Airfield chart Heraklion (Iraklion) Airport, Greece 1945. Classification
Airfield map (June 1945) - There are two runways - 125/305: length 1524 m, width 55 m (5000 feet x 180 feet) concrete, 180/360: length 914 m, width 37 m (3000 feet x 120 feet) concrete. The map was classified as "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)

In the 1950s

NDB approach chart Historical approach charts - Greece, Greece 1951
NDB approach (January 1951) (Source: US DoD)
Chart Iraklion Airport Greece 1951
Aerodrome (January 1951) - There is one runway - 125/305: length 1588 m (5210 feet). (Source: US DoD)
Approach chart Historical approach charts - Greece, Greece 1953
Approach (July 1953) (Source: US DoD)
Airport map Heraklion, Crete, 1953
Airport map (July 1953) - There are two runways - 125/305: length 1600 m, width 50 m (5249 feet x 164 feet), 180/360: length 800 m, width 40 m (2625 feet x 131 feet). Another runway in east-west direction is under construction. (Source: US DoD)

In the 1980s

Satellite image Iraklion Airport, Crete 1980
Satellite image from 12 July 1980 - The image is from a US reconnaissance satellite and was previously subject to high levels of classification. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Index to the objects shown on the maps


  • Iraklion, Kastellion (Kasteli Airport, Αεροδρόμιο Καστελλίου)

Radio beacons:

  • Iraklion NDB "WC", "SWH"

Air traffic control / Communications:

  • Iraklion Approach Control, Iraklion Tower


  • Aegean Sea / Αιγαίο Πέλαγος
  • Dia / Δία / Ντία
  • Gulf of Iraklion (Κόλπος του Ηρακλείου)

Source for all maps, if not marked otherwise: US Department of Defense (US DoD)

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