Crete Flights


  • Crete has two major airports: Crete Chania and Crete Heraklion. Intense competition between charter and low-cost airlines means some of the lowest airfares to the Greek Islands from the UK.

  • Direct flights are available during the long beach holiday season, when tour operators like Thomson and Monarch operate charter flights from airports throughout the UK. Seasonal routes often begin in March or May and end in October or November.

  • Many of the best deals are found with low-cost airlines EasyJet and Ryanair. These routes are also seasonal, often starting in March and ending in October.

  • You should also find attractive fares from Monarch and Reasonably priced flights are available from airlines flying from London Heathrow. These usually include Aegean Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Olympic and Air Berlin.

  • The summer season sees flights departing from a very wide range of regional airports. Thomson fly from airports across the UK. Flights tend to be a lot more expensive during the summer school holiday period. Many of the best deals are found in early spring and late summer. It is always worth booking as well in advance as possible. The lowest fares are often from London Gatwick.

  • Finding direct flights in the winter season is problematic if not impossible. Low-season visitors to the island have to rely on local ferry services or fly via Athens.

Heraklion International Airport (HER

The main airport on Crete and the second busiest airport in Greece. Key entry airport for UK holidaymakers heading for beach resorts on the island. 5km from the capital Heraklion. Direct flights in the holiday season with Thomson, Monarch, and EasyJet.

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Chania Airport (CHQ)

Important entry point for beach resorts in western Crete. 14km from the town of Chania. Direct flights in the holiday season with Thomson, Monarch, EasyJet and Ryanair.

Website: Not available


Chania Heraklion

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