Corfu Airport is a very small airport on the island of Corfu, one of the beautiful Greek islands. The airport is the only airport on the island so unless you travel by boat, you have no option but to use it and it's not the most passenger friendly airport in the world. On arrival your plane parks away from the terminal building at what's called a "remote stand" basically meaning you get bused to/from the terminal and your plane. When they drop you off a small ramp you walk up and are greeted by a very small passport control check, think it had 2 or 3 little cabins and your passports are checked by local police. This was a very quick process only 2 UK flights were on the ground at the time and they processed us rather quickly. Baggage reclaim is a very small area with 2 large baggage belts, luckily only 2 flights had landed so it was rather a quick process but if more than 2 flights land at the same time it is hectic and can take upto an hour to get your bags. Then you get to arrivals a small area with lots of holiday company reps & peoples family/friends and taxi drivers waiting to collect people, there are a few desks with holiday & transport companies and a desk to get a taxi from. You'll also find a small gift shop which also sells cigs and domestic flights checkin (flights to other Greek airports) hid behind these checkin desks is a small café to get sandwichs, pastries & drinks. Buses stop outside but hardly ever taking you into Cofru town (capital of Corfu) where buses leave to the rest of the island. Over in departures (at the other end of the very small building) you have a very small checkin area with just 16 checkin desks, 4 luggage xray machines where you got to take your own baggage after checking in and passport control. The queues are extreme when it's busy, the airport has 16 desks but they back onto each other so you can't queue up properly as you then have a large queue for passport control going down the middle of checkin where you'll find just 2 (when they work) metal detectors and tensa barriers managing the queue. It's normal to queue up outside before getting into checkin but they do this to manage the amount of people inside, it's a nightmare but I can see why they have to do it. But the airport is clean as the cleaners mop the floor at checkin every 10 minutes or so, you can't go anywhere without seeing a mop or brush with a cleaner attached. Inside the departure lounge is a lot but not enough seats for the amount of passengers, a small duty free shop and a café. The airport does have a restaurant but it's upstairs above checkin BEFORE going through passport control, usual high airport prices but it has a great view of the airport apron & runway.
In August this year, myself and my boyfriend travelled to Corfu, the holiday was amazing, the people were welcoming and lovely and we would definitely return. The airport however, what sort of place for tourists is this? On arrival at the airport to return home, there were five UK flights leaving in the space of an hour, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bristol, as well as inter-Greek flights to Kos and Kefalonia etc. As you can imagine it was sheer pandemonium, the Birmingham flight was instructed to stand outside and queue to even enter the airport building, which was our flight, and in scorching 38 degree heat, this is not acceptable. When we finally got into the terminal building, we had to queue up to get our boarding passes, with only one check in desk for the Birmingham flight, this is a slight under-staffing issue. We stood in this queue for another half an hour and then, you have to take your bags to be scanned seperately, which has to be the strangest airport proceedure I have ever seen in my life, this also generates another queue, although this one is slightly smaller, about a ten minute wait. You then have to transfer yourself to another queue for security, bearing in mind this has everyone for all five UK flights and Greek flights in it. This queue took about another half an hour to move. By this time, I was frustrated, agitated and just wanted to get home. Once you get through security you can go to the departure lounge, there are not enough seats even for half the amount of people waiting to get on the five flights scheduled all within about fifteen minutes of eachother. There is one shop to buy duty free, and one shop to buy food, safe to say I was not going to be joining anymore queues on this side of security. We luckily managed to find two seats and were able to sit down for our one hour wait until our flight. We were called and this part of the process was easy, and the staff were friendly enough, however I do think that the man who operated the bus to the plane, was aspiring to be Michael Schumacher and we were thrown around a bit, but he still delivered us to our plane and we were able to set off for home. I do think that with some careful planning, some more staff, more check-in desks operating, less planes leaving within the one hour period, this airport would operate a lot better and provide a much better service. However this is how the airport chooses to operate their systems and I do feel it is a bit of a shambles. This however did not ruin our holiday it was just a minor blip on one of the most fantastic holidays I have ever been on.
My review is mainly about Corfu airport, not the country. I think the country is very good, the scenery fantastic and the locals are friendly always glad to say hello. Due to fly out back to Manchester late on a Friday night, handed my passport into baggage area to get weighed and collect boarding pass.Made way to metal detector area (2 of) only one metal detector machine was being used to usher 300 people through for two flights (Manchester & Bristol). I was asked to put small bag, coat, coins, keys, electricals, passport into tubs and collect other side. Got frisked turned around to get belongings from tubs and 'UK passport' was gone (in the space of 6ft !!) Basically it was a rush and a free for all of the other passengers going through the machine - no order or consistency. They should have split the two flights between the 2 machines, I then could have then narrowed it down as to who may have taken my passport - Bristol or Manchester flight passenger at least? Raised the alarm immediately, the police did nothing, the other airport staff processing the passengers accused me of leaving my passport at my hotel!! Even with my boarding pass in my hand and my luggage tagged and on the way to the aircraft hold. There was a shift change in personel on the metal detector area 5 minutes after I raised the alarm. The police and other officials had just under 2 hours to find my passport before my flight took off - there attempts and actions were poor. Disgusted by lack of help from police & easyjet staff and I was basically left at 23:45 Friday evening (flight had gone!) stranded in the airport, everywhere shut and most hotels full due to Greek Easter Holidays. Easyjet would not accept any other form of UK identity other than a UK driving licence (which was back in the UK) - I did show them my UK military ID card, which proved useless, even though it has a colour photo of me on it, my date of birth, service number etc and organisation I work for!! Beware if you use this airport, something fishy is going on, I'm under the impression my passport was either mistakingly taken by another UK traveller heading home or stolen on purpose to keep me in the country so I'd have to spend more money. Easyjet made two feeble tannoy announcements to the UK travellers in the departure lounge to check if they had picked up a 2nd passport by mistake - no-one came forward! I checked my personal bag many many times to make sure my passport wasn't in there and it wasn't! The police did not step up passport checks and didn't seem too concerned about going into the deprarture lounge to get my passport! Phoned both Bristol and Manchester airports the days that followed and no one handed anything in, I await to contact the UK passport agency to see if its been handed in annonymously. Basically my pp was stolen whilst proceeding to the departrue lounge in Corfu airport, whether it be by the security firm operating the metal detector area or another passenger has picked it up, I had no help, there is no area to leave baggage temporarily in order to find a hotel, the police are reluctant to give any reports to help, there quite blazay about it, and without a passport or police report you don't get a hotel room - it's no fun sleeping rough. Be warned - my advice is put / keep your passport in your bag zipped up at all times, foremost take out travel insurance before you travel! The Corfu British Consolute follow the same Greek holiday pattern, so if you need help in an emergency - YOU WILL NOT GET IT - you get patched through to a LONDON duty advisor who tells you to wait! It is quite costly if yours goes missing ie: Emergency passport from the British Consulate in corfu, Hotel costs, car parking in the UK,phone bills calling around, extra cost to airline to rebook flight,food costs etc Flights to the UK from Corfu are on a Moday and Friday only.
The airport at Corfu has a very small runway, which can worry some people. The run way is surrounded by water it looks very pretty even tho taking off and landing can be scary when the weather is bad. i have been to Corfu a few times and it is a very nice place. The airport it fairly small, the toilets are not very nice, but then again most loos over there aren't as they cant flush loo paper. The airport has a few little shops were you can buy hot and cold snacks as well as last Minuit gifts for yourself, family or friends. There is a restaurant at the airport that over looks the check-in places which isn't very nice to see when you are eating but it is laid out all nice and the food is great. If you are thinking of going on holiday to Corfu DONT let the airport put you off!
We have been to this airport on several occasions. it has not changed much since we have been going for three years . As you come into land it does not look much like an airport just a concrete mass. It has a very short run way which can be quite worrying if it is your first time to this airport. However once you have landed you only have a short walk into the airport. In arrivals it is tiny. It only has a couple of very tiny belts for your luggage to be collected from. As there are numourous flights arriving at the same time you are often sharing the belt with two plane loads which can be fun trying to get you case off without knocking someone over. The departure part of the airport again is small a duty free shop a little newsagent and a small very overpriced snack bar. The good thing that when we went this year the airport had been made into a non smoking airport. it is rather cold in departures and many people sit shivering due to air con. On the plus side it is very clean and there are lots of cleaners about.
I am not in the habit of writing reviews on airports but I wanted to write something about my time in Corfu, I stayed in Kerkyra, and this was the first item on the list! I travelled to Corfu (from Gatwick)for the first time in May this year to begin a 2 week holiday. The first time I saw the airport (from the sky) I couldn't believe how tiny it appeared, and on closer inspection it wasn;t much bigger! The runway was so short I didn't think we were ever going to stop before it ran out! Anyways, the journey from the plane to the terminal building appears to be about 20 feet and could be walked in about 10 secs but you all know the drill.... wait for the little buses in the heat and then they cram you on til the carriage is more than full. 5 seconds later you are asked to disembark. This is the same for any airport I have been to so is not unique to Kerkyra airport. The arrivals hall itself is again rather small, there are 2 carousels bringing luggage round - (one was ours and the other was a flight from Glasgow), this I was impressed by as the bags were practically there before we were - must be the short distance between the plane and the terminal. On arrival at the airport for the return trip I was very impressed with the efficiency with which we were guided through - English airports could learn a lesson. There were at least 4 flights going at a similiar time - Birmingham, another to gatwick and Glasgow that I saw and the staff there directed the crowds fantastically seeing as it is a small airport with hundreds of people descending on it in a short space of time. On the way home we were unfortunate enough to be delayed and believe me, once you go through passport control, there is not a lot to do. There were more people then there were seats for a start, apart from the usual duty free shop and a place where you could buy a coffee or (dry) sandwich, thats about it. I would advise people to spend as much time they can before going through security.
Oh, sorry about the title, it's just that I think ALL airports are hell on earth - this one isn't especially bad or anything. An airport is an airport right? You find the check-in desk, stick your luggage through and hang around bored until your flight is called. I have seen airport opinions in the past and never thought for a minute that I could ever write one, after all what can you really say about an airport?! But.. this is the first non-domestic airport I have been in since I started to write on dooyoo, and you know what? I actually found myself thinking "I'm going to review this when I get home". OK, stop sniggering at the back there - I *know* I'm sad! Kerkyra Airport is situated on the outskirts of Corfu Town and is the only airport on the island. Given that it is quite a small island though, the maximum transfer time to the most northerly resorts is only around an hour and a half. The airport itself is very small and ,err, airporty. There is nothing at all outstanding about this one. Arrivals, I won't dwell on too long. Transfer from the plane to the arrivals hall is by way of one of those ridiculous little bus things. I always fail to see the point in those things. You have to wait on the plane until one is available. You then wait until around one hundred people squeeze onto it. It shudders and judders all of 50 yards to the terminal, unloads the passengers then goes back for the next lot. Now I know people can't be left to wander around runways themselves, but when it is so close to the terminal why not let the passengers walk? Anyway, I digress. The arrivals hall consists of two luggage carousels, and to be fair the luggage started appearing pretty quickly (far quicker than at Glasgow). Passport control didn't even look at the passports, so it was straight through and onto our coach. There really isn't any more to say about arrivals. At this point you go and get on with your h oliday, your husband gets bitten by a mosquito and takes an allergic reaction to it, you get the doctor out and he gets a big needle stuck in his bum (heehee), you finish your holiday and head back to the airport. Departures: This is the part where this opinion can actually help you to 'make a better decision' - really. The first better decision is to try to get to the airport early if possible, the check-in desks are bedlam. Believe me it is a good idea to try to get to the front of the queue. Failing that just be sneaky like I was. We were told to go to desks 12 and 13 to check-in, but that 13 was for pre-booked seats only - yeah right!! Two hundred people in the queue at desk twelve, and a dozen at desk thirteen. I just wired in at desk thirteen, no questions asked, and I even got the door seats with all the extra legroom - who says thirteen is an unlucky number?? The next better decision you can make, indeed the BEST decision you can make, is to go to the Italian Cafeteria which overlooks the check-in area (it's upstairs). The worst decision you can make is to go through the departure lounge any earlier than you have to. The cafeteria is expensive, as are all airports eateries, but it is comfortable. The departure lounge is NOT comfortable, and neither are the downstairs waiting areas. Both those areas have a severe lack of seating, and the seating they do have is those awful joined together metal seats. The cafeteria has padded seats, and if your flight is delayed at all you will be glad of that. As I said, the prices in the cafe are a bit steep, but there is an alternative if you are a bit skint after your holiday, or if you're just a tight wad. Downstairs there is a little snack bar situated in between the arrival and departure areas. They sell sandwiches and things like that much cheaper than the cafe does, so if you want a bite to eat you could have it from there then just buy a coffee upstairs. We h ad lots of dosh left though so I had pizza and he had spag bol in the cafe and it was really rather good (just as well at over a tenner for a slice of pizza, a small bowl of spaghetti and two cokes!). Anyway, do sit in the cafe as long as possible. Even if you only buy a coffee they don't try to get you out. A couple we were chatting to had been delayed the previous year and had sat in there for six hours with one coffee each!! The last better decision you can make is not to take a blind bit of notice of the display boards. Listen out for the tannoy announcements because they are completely different to what it says on the boards, and apparently it has always been like that. The tannoy is right, the boards are wrong. I'm glad I discovered that or else I might have gone through to the departure lounge sooner than I needed to. All that remains to be said about this airport is that the shop in the departure lounge is similar in price to the shops in the towns. Cigarettes are the same price wherever you buy them since they have a pre-printed tax-paid thingy on them. The booze was cheap enough too, so I picked up a couple of decent bottles of malt at around £14 each. They also sell perfumes and such like (but who cares about that when a good malt is on offer!!). Err, and that's it, except I should mention that the air-conditioning in the airport is excellent and it certainly isn't one of those horrible sweaty places. I'm not going back to Corfu, so if you go there and things change please let me know - this opinion won't get updated otherwise ;)