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This is the new airport of Chania

by Erno » 20 Jul 2016, 08:10

This is the new airport of Chania - 20 July, 2016

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Yesterday the new check-in area of Chania Airport was opened in the new east wing.

It looks like a brand new airport, but it is still “Daskalogiannis” airport of Chania.

A new departures section, with new decoration and style, four more check-in desks and a new luggage handling system.

According to the airport manager, Mrs. Maria Lampathaki, the new section will be able to handle all passengers with no problem.

“We are improving all airport processes and try to reduce the actual check-in time and passengers queues”, says Mrs. Lampathaki.

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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by Jean » 20 Jul 2016, 08:37

Hurray! Hope they've also put in enough new toilets.

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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by Erno » 20 Jul 2016, 08:51

Last June, during departure, we have discovered the new toilets, entrance located inside the waiting room at the gate. They were very nice! I do not know if every gate has its own. If not, there are not enough. But it is much, much better than before.
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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by jan » 20 Jul 2016, 10:38

Can't wait to try it out.

This June it took an hour to check in the queue of passengers (an ordinary A320 load of say 180 people) through a single desk. And there was just the one baggage screening machine - had there been another flight checking in at the same time there would have been chaos.

It wasn't quite the way we were hoping to end our holiday!

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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by Erno » 20 Jul 2016, 10:49

For departing flights, often tour bus loads of charter passengers are being dropped at the departures hall exactly 2 hours before their flight leaves. Since ages our remedy is to check in at least 2hours 15 minutes before departure. Thus we are always amongst the first 10 in the queque, and check in takes just a few minutes. When we move upstairs to the gate, with our boarding passes in the hand, we see them coming in. Better to sit for 2 hours at the gate than to be for an hour in the queue.

We will see in October whether this tactic is still needed.
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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by sethuk » 20 Jul 2016, 12:46

....but not new practice.
Hi Erno,
For years now we have been leaving Chania on an early July Tuesday. It is always chaotic.
This year just one baggage security check available. The queue was the entire length of the departure/arrivals building. It took us longer to get rid of our bags than it did to check in (and that wasn't quick either).
Any wonder.

Time destination

1200 Gatwick (LGW)
1255 LGW
0125 Leeds
0130 Gothenburg
0215 LGW
0225 Athens
0240 Oslo
0250 LGW
0255 Birmingham
0325 Manchester

Factor in the usual delays and you have a lot of very hot and tetchy folk wanting to go home.

But we had a wonderful 2 weeks in Agia Roumeli [<>~] and have booked our flight for next year (Thomson-expensive bur reliable).
Very warm in Cumbria today with spectacular thunderstorms.
Keep up the good work.
Cheers Seth @--@

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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by jnrayworth » 21 Jul 2016, 16:02

When we departed via Heraklion in June this year they no longer used the security X Ray system queue after checkin but the luggage went straight into the system off the weighing belt just like most airports. So I wonder why they have not opted to revert to this system in the new Chania airport. We return to Crete for second time this year flying to/from Chania for our first time in late September/October. The last few times we have used Heraklian airport we have found it to be much improved in all respects. Multi checkin desks for our flight, rapid transit through security, nice duty free shop and tolerable eating and enough seating (just) in departure hall.

For your info I avidly lurk and enjoy this forum and visit Sfakia frequently on our trips to Crete but we always stay at Plakias. Would be very happy to stay in Sfakia if we could break our 18 year habit.


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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by Erno » 30 Jul 2016, 11:56

Here is a video impression of the new airport:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyP-Z-mJmcE
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Re: This is the new airport of Chania

by sethuk » 30 Jul 2016, 15:05

Very nice, Erno
but look at the line on the far right.
That is the people checking in their bags ...after checking in!
Not a great deal of progress, methinks.
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