VFR Chart of LGKR. IFR Chart of LGKR. Location Information for LGKR. Coordinates: N39°’ / E19°’ View all Airports in Ionioi Nisoi. NOSTO 1R & 1S, PITAS 2S, TIGRA 2R & 2S ARRS D. LATAN 2S ARR E . NOSTO 1T, PITAS & TIGRA 2T ARRS F. PARAX, PARNA & VARDI 1T. Corfu Kerkira, Greece CFU/LGKR Circling 17/VOR 35 Glidepath VOR 35 degrees Rough runway surface, terrain & turbulence. Kerkira.
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Sometime in the late s or early s – I don’t chxrts exactly when- I was browsing through an airplane magazine in the infamous Aviation Hobby Shop in West Drayton, England.
The centre spread was a beautiful sunny shot of an Ilyushin IL of the East German airline Interflug over the piano keys, taken from an elevated position against a backdrop of green trees, terracotta houses and a shimmering charys lake.
Corfu – Kerkyra is the airport serving the island of Corfu, the most northern and second largest of chartw Greek Ionian Islands. Corfu was one of many places to benefit from the boom in package holidays that started in the early s.
People started to flock here attracted by the guaranteed weather along with cheap flights and accommodation and it soon became a very popular tourist destination.
LGKR – KERKIRA IOANNIS KAPODISTRIAS CORFU plates
Little has changed since then except the ever-increasing number of holidaymakers. The airport and the terminal have seen little improvement or expansion to keep pace with demand.
The terminal itself struggles to cope at peak times and ATC are stretched by a combination of more traffic and a lack of more modern infrastructure to help deal with it. However, amid the chaos, the airport and its surroundings offer some great opportunities for airplane photography.
The traffic at Corfu is very seasonal and comprises for charfs most chatrs of European charter and tour operators which can be seen at many other typical holiday destinations during the summer. So anything could turn up as a surprise. Jeppesen chart for LGKR showing runway and ramp configuration.
LGKR (Kerkyra Airport , Greece): Daily Weather Quality Charts
Business jet traffic parks north of stand number 10 to the east of taxiway link A. I have not seen the lgkkr aircraft apron used for anything other than the Andromeda fire surveillance aircraft for many years. Corfu has several good vantage points for photography depending on the runway in use and the time of day. All these are located in the small village of Kanoni on a peninsula to the east of the airport, or across the causeway to Pontikonisi just the other side of the lagoon.
Preferred operations are from runway 35 as this facilitates more expeditious approach sequencing and vacation of the runway to the parking areas which are at the north end of the airport.
Departures from ltkr also offer short taxi times but the departure routings often conflict with inbound traffic and can actually slow things down. Runway 17 also has a displaced threshold due to the proximity of the road at the north end of the runway so has less landing distance available.
Departures often find less of a delay by backtracking 35 and departing between the arrivals.
Corfu Kerkira, Greece CFU/LGKR | Pilots Briefing Room
Therefore 35 is used primarily until the surface winds mean 17 is the only option – usually when the tailwind component exceeds 12 knots which is around the typical limit for most operators.
When runway 17 is in use for arrivals it generally means an approach to 35 until 3 miles or so, then breaking off visually for a circling approach to With anything airliner size this will involve rolling all the way to the end of the runway to the turning circle then back track 17 to exit to the ramp at the northern end.
Smaller airplanes often turn within the runway width and so are too far away to shoot from the vantage points at the 35 threshold. Assuming lkr 35 is in use, the mornings are best observed from the cafe deck at the Royal Hotel. This deck extends quite a long way and offers a number of angles, and if you venture a little further down the road there is a corner on the hill as you descend lgke you can get the classic shot over the piano keys.
At the very southern end there is also the Kanoni cafe which overlooks the final approach but doesn’t allow the side-on shots over the threshold as the view is blocked by the ,gkr cafe deck. Either of these venues serve drinks and meals of a good standard, so it seems only chartss to at least order a coffee chrats so often if you plan to stay a while. The image below was shot from Snake Spit in the evening but shows the location of the Royal and Kanoni cafes.
They are approximately feet above the level of the runway and offer an ideal perspective for both landing and departing traffic. The image below was shot from the “corner on the hill” – a 3 minute walk down the road from the Royal Cafe deck. This gives an chars to include the runway threshold markings provided the approach is flown low enough. A good spot for early arrivals before the deck opens around 9 am.
This is exactly where the shot of the Interflug IL in the magazine article was taken from. Around midday, the sun passes overhead and its time to move on to somewhere the light is behind you again. For runway 35 my preferred location initially would be Nisos bar and restaurant, which is a short walk down the hill and across the causeway.
Run by the owner George, Nisos is chartss lovely and hospitable place where you can get a decent lunch and spend some time out of the sun, shooting from the deck under the canopy. Cyarts owners are used to airplane enthusiasts and always welcome me back when I pay a return visit. I can also recommend this place for an evening meal. When night falls and the camera has been put away, the food and drink here is excellent.
The service is also very good and George has put a lot of effort into making sure the place lgkf first class. The image below was shot from the Royal Cafe deck towards midday but shows the location of Nisos restaurant.
The elevation isn’t as high as the Royal but still offers a good vantage point for arrivals in the afternoon.
The other location I have used for afternoon and evening shooting is what I refer to as Snake Spit – chsrts is because I have noticed a few snakes here from time to time so thats clearly something to be aware chats.
Its actually along the western edge of the lagoon after you have crossed the causeway and climbed down to the shoreline and passed over a little bridge.
Daily Weather Quality Charts for LGKR (Kerkyra Airport , Greece): 2018-Dec-30
The image below was shot from Snake Spit in the late afternoon departing runway 17 – the climb rate of a C being lgkf inferior to most airliners meant the shot was better than it may xharts have been.
For most departures on 17 this angle would be too low. The other place everyone seems to go to watch the action is the causeway which links the east and west sides of the lagoon at the southern end. This a narrow concrete wall where you can sit and watch the airplanes right under the final approach for runway Care is needed as this is also a short-cut rat run for the local motor scooter population, some chaarts which have little regard for pedestrians. It lacks any night time illumination either so chargs you dine at Nisos after dark and have to walk back cjarts your hotel in Kanoni make sure you have a torch function on your smartphone.
The image below was shot from the western end of the causeway in the mid-afternoon as the airplane turns through degrees for departure on runway It is noticeable that the Corfu Holiday Palace prices have increased significantly year on year and the Ariti represents better value based on a first stay experience there this year.
Many other options are available locally but I cannot relate any first hand opinions of these alternatives.
Airbus A landing runway 35 at sunset from the east end of the causeway.