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Paros National Airport is the airport serving the island of Paros, in the Cyclades islands region. The airport is located in the southwestern part of the island, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the port of Parikia. It replaced the Old Paros National Airport on the 25 July 2016
The old airport of Paros, which was situated a few kilometers to the south, was operational since 1982. Its 710-meter runway was sufficient for its time, but over years, passenger numbers grew making the use of larger aircraft necessary.
Although these aircraft could serve various Greek airports, Paros airport was not one of them. The reason was that it had a short runway. It was finally decided that there should be a new airport for the Island. The new airport opened in 2016 taking over all operations of the old airport. It has a wider, 1,400 meter runway and larger aircraft can use it.
Currently, the only type that flies to the airport currently is the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 of Olympic Air.
The main port of Parikia is for many, the first and only place they see in Paros. That is because for most people it is the first stop on the way to Santorini from Pireaus. For those who are actually going to Paros, their first impression of Parikia might be one of chaos as their boat empties and converges with the crowd waiting in the port. But if you wait for the crowds to clear, you find that Parikia is not a bad place to base yourself.
First of all it is the capital of the island which means it has all the important shops, some of the best restaurants and cafes, and much of the nightlife, and with a year round population to support them many of these businesses are open even in the winter. It is also within easy walking distance of a number of nice beaches and it is relatively flat so anywhere to far to walk you can reach by bicycle which are available to rent, and even provided for free at some hotels.