Tue, 08 Dec 2009
at Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport,
Corfu (Kerkyra) is one of the few Greek airports with normal working hours during the winter (see http://www.ypa.gr/content/index.asp?tid=247&lang=2 - some airports are open only on some days, some are open for only an hour in the evening, etc).
The arrival and stay in Corfu was pleasant. I assume that during the high season the airport may be quite busy.
An important advice: have the AOPA membership card or some proof that you are a flying-club member with you. With proof of club membership, the landing fee is symbolic (some 4 EUR) and you get a hefty discount on handling (some 15-20 EUR). It is rumored that Greeks are trying hard to invite GA guests to their nice places and these discounts are part of this campaign. We can only applaud this attitude and wish other countries would do the same.
Altogether the experience was very nice, although the Greek way (everything can be solved, sometimes a bit slow). ARO is the tower: they were very friendly and helpful in planning and arranging the flight through Greek airspace.
For a 100$ hamburger type of stay (in reality it is a 600 EUR Greek dinner), there is quite a decent Hotel Bretagne 5 minutes walk from the airport and another 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
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