why can't we bring olive oil back? part of the joy of going to greece is bringing back the olive oil and using throughout the year and then having to come back to buy some more. Thats my excuse for coming back every year and i'm sticking to it
People people people, take your own food from the resort in your hand luggage thats what we did ;) it never got conviscated neither did our bottle of water that was in our hand luggage!!!
We thought the airport was a total rip off. You go through security and get everything you have bought taken off you, only to be able to buy it the other side of the glass before you get on the plane. Don't try to take Olive oil home as they won't let you and your rep doesn't tell you until you are on the bus to the airport. Put your duty free's in your suitcase. They wanted 2.50 euros for a packet of quavers and a cup of coffee is 5 euros. A roll was about £7.50. If you want to get a drink go in to the duty free area where there is a fridge at the back of the shop selling packs of 8 cans of drink for about £2. There isn't enough seating especially for older people and kids when you might have to wait a couple of hours longer than expected for your flight to depart.
Really dont know why there are still complaints about the airport!!!
One downer on the trip. New departures at airport.
I really can't see it speeding things up. infact for us it was really really much slower.
Yes it lovely and big. 12 check-in desks (not wide enough for that many). So your queue goes right back to end of the checkin hall. Now if the flt was 100% full and when all the flights are full in high season. Yes you guessed it there is knowhere else to put you but outside on the pavement, however there is very little room for that and no shelters so far. Not likely to be as not any where to put them either.(If this sounds abit familar to the old terminal wait for it:- Also the queues move SO SLOWLY, this is because of only having 3 luggage scanning machines. They send about 10 people throu from 3 different flight lines to checkin area at a time. Then stop the queues. Wait for those to clear then go onto another queue/ flight checking in and do the same with those ones. Hence the 1st three queues don't move for another 20+ mins whilst waiting for the next lot to clear. I can imagine that being a big problem on Thurs/Sun in high season. We were Fri & that was bad enough we had 4 other flights checkin in at same time as us and it was hell standing in the queue for 2 hrs approx.
However once through to other side its better apart from lack of seating. (yes the pictures on this site do not lie) You can however go upstairs to anywhere on the 1st floor and have a ciggie. Also the shop is about 2.5 times size of the old one.
All in all it looks nice is loads bigger but works on about par with old checkin term. The dept.lounge is better even without enough seating. You could say it reminds you of the Titanic and not enough lifeboats.
As much as you can carry Kayleigh as long as it is for you and your friends and not for sale in the UK. Rough guidelines for cigs are 3,200 per person and 10 litres of spirits.
I'm leaving in 2 days (19th of June) to go there for a week and i was wondering if anyone knew the allowances on bringing back cigarettes and alcohol etc?
just travelled back from zakynthos on the 13th of june 2008 i was pleased to hear that they had a new departures lounge but i wasn't pleased for long.
We flew back on sunday 8/6/08. The tour companies bused all flights to the airport at the same, time to save money I presume, we were at the airport 4 hours before our flight. It took 2hours 15mins to check in.
No change with the departures, still got to queue, just over 2 hours before we even got to the X ray machine - the luggage belt has broken down, only difference is you get to queue inside where it is cooler, not alot of seats and the snack bar very expensive (small bottle of water and two sandwiches just over 12 euros).
my partner and myself have just returned 1st june, lack of secutity only seemed 2 take what they wanted got thru with a bottle of water and 2 cans of beer. watch out 11euros 4 1kg extra luggage. yes they were sending people back 2 rearrange luggage or pay up. upstairs bar 15.50euros for 1 gin and soda and a large beer, 10euros 4 a gin what a rip off, u can buy a litre 4 13 euros in duty free.
God its much btr,dont think i have gone to the bangkok hilton prison loos anymoreNot lots of seats tho and god there is enuf space for heaps.
so whats changed about the new departure terminal?
I have always wanted to visit this island but have always been put off by the airport as many friends and family members have said they had to endure a 3 hour wait outside in the blazing sun before even checking in, so have give it a miss each and every time!
I added another picture I found online of the new airport terminal, it looks very clean and modern although obviously empty, so it would be nice to hear peoples reports of how it handles during the peak seasons when hundreds of flights take off at the same time, and how it is for seating, food, facilities etc...
The airport isnt great, but at the end of the day its only an airport and you only spend a few hours there. Luggage can take a while, and not that many seats to sit on whiie your waiting. Also when your fly bakc to uk you ahve to que outside of the airport which can take a while, so if in the day take lots of water etc.
Glad to know the airport is up and running. We have been coming to Zante since 1998 and this will be the first year we will have not gone, ah well never mind better luck next year unless we win the lottery tomorrow.
FANTASTIC just heard that the new airport is now fully functional, now for even the outbound departures, its about time. I just hope that there are seats to sit on, unlike the old airport where you had to sit on the floor! and that is no exageration. But i do bet the food is as rubbish as ever if you buy it from the airport, so unless peeps report on the food i would take your own food and drink to the airport, as the sandwiches dont seem to be buttered and all you get is a choice of ham and cheese with a bit of tomato on them on a very dry bread roll. btw the restrictions in the uk regarding fluids does not seem to apply to zante as last year we managed to take in our own cans of pop with no worries we are returning to zante mid june so will let you know on the airport further then.
NEWS UPDATE WELL DONE THE NEW AIRPORT IS NOW FULLY FUNCTIONAL
Glad 2 hear the new airport building is officially open!!! I definitely wont b missing the old one!!! Im already extremely excited about comin back 2 Zante 4 the 4th year but this news has cheered me up no end!!!! Roll on Aug 24 2008- Woop Woop!!!
THE NEW DEPARTURES TERMINAL IS OPEN.
The long awaited departures terminal at Zakynthos Airport accepted it's first Olympic flight this evening and will be ready to accept the first charter flights when they start next week.
Despite rumours and feelings from some people that this terminal would never open finally it has happened. This is great news for all visitors to Zakynthos and many return guests will not be sad to say goodbye to the old building.
Over the moon to hear about the new terminal finaly opening.I know the old one has been a disgrace but i wouldn`t let a couple of hours of pergatory put me off a fortnight of brilliance.Looking forward to another brill` fortnight .Only three months to go [6 july].It can`t come soon enough.
Better late than never
|The new Airport of Zakynthos has been handed over
It's looking Good The
promised demonstration took place in Zante Town outside of the local
authority offices with regard to the airport. At the same time the
airport was handed over to the Local Authorities from the National
Government. Now preparations must be made by the Local Authorities and the
Airport Staff to get the new departures area ready with all the
necessary systems in place and working to open for the summer season. Fingers Crossed.
Airport Handed Over to the Local Authorities
The promised demonstration took place in Zante Town outside of the local authority offices with regard to the airport. At the same time the airport was handed over to the Local Authorities from the National Government.
Now preparations must be made by the Local Authorities and the
Airport Staff to get the new departures area ready with all the
necessary systems in place and working to open for the summer season. Fingers Crossed.
Yes I agree it is a terrible ordeal at the Airport. We`have been to Zante for the past 8 years, we missed summer 06 and went to Spain just outside Malaga. So as our American friend states above. Stop your whining! How many of us go to Zante for the Airport? I thought it odd in the summer that the new part was used for arrivals rather than departures. I've never spent 2 hours in any airport that I've arrived at. maybe they should have done it the other way round. Hopefully 08 will see a fully functioning new airport. The runway is fine lady! Must have been your pilot.
It wasnt that bad when i was there!! The toilets were a bit dirty and there weren't many seats but because the holliday was so good it was worth it!! It definatly hasn't put me off visiting Zante again!!!
Zakynthos airport is crap because duty free is rubbish and the snacks bar is a rip off you should bring your own snacks and drink
by charlie batchelor
October 30th 2007.
We had a 3 hour delay on the return but fortunately were able to sit outside the café on the outskirts of the airport for most of that time as once we ventured into the airport building it was packed with hardly any room to even sit on the floor. The toilets weren't all that enticing either. However, other than the delay, we didn’t find the return journey as bad as we were expecting having read the other reviews in advance. Just be prepared taking your own food and drinks and something to read!
For the love, stop your whining and look in your own backyards....
This airport is realy bad, small dirty and worn out, I found the island the same! I wont be back.I expect better in the EU.
Having been twice before to Zante, we thought we knew what to expect from this airport. However, this last experience was to put it mildly, extremely traumatic.THANK YOU MY TRAVEL FIRSTLY FOR TAKING US TO THE AIRPORT AT 9AM FOR 1.35PM FLIGHT. LAZINESS ON THEIR PART.Secondly, the complete lack of communication about the delayed flight which the rep was aware of before we were even collected from the resort. Their mouthpiece at the airport, a British man, was a master at not giving the whole truth, even though contact with relatives in the UK by some of the passengers confirmed that the flight would be delayed by approx 8 hours. There were children who had not had a proper meal all day. We were offered free sandwiches with hardly any filling and a soft drink - obviously to try and calm us all down! In the end, we spent 12 hours in that disgusting airport - lack of seating, even though we were the only flight going out that day. God only knows what it is like in the summer months! The flies were in their hundreds, not helped by the lack of hygiene in the airport. I agree about the winding staircase to hell - the stench turned your stomach on the way down and was worse when you got in there. No soap, half a toilet roll for 5 cubicles, filthy floor, dryers not working properly, This airport should have been brought up to standard before Greece being allowed into the EU. Is this typical of all Greek airports?
We have been going to Zante since 1990. and you should have seen the airport then, arrivals was a nightmare especially when you had several flights in at once, the snack bar is a rip off and do you notice not everything is rung in the till, where have all the seats gone ? have the taken them for the new airport ? I agree with the baggage allowance, i left beach towels, sun creams, shampoos, flip flops, snorkels, and still the case weighed heavier then when we left Manchester 2 weeks before ?
Not a pleasant place to spend any length of time. We only had a couple of flights waiting so space was only at a minimum rather than a nightmare. The round steps to hell (or the toilet as it is better known) are a joy with a toddler. Dirty, no chairs, announcements you can't hear. Oh the fun of it all.
Does anyone know why xl are not flying to zante next year from glasgow as always go with them and been told no flights nxt year no reason why?I agree scales are rigged as my boyfriend had holdall which was 11 on way out and 15 on way back but didnt buy a thing.mine was 20 on way out and 25 on way back and i nvr bought a thing?Saw 1 family pay 150eit is terrible the holiday companies have to check this so every1 should write and complain.
just got back from zante i must confess i dont see what all the fuss is about the airport its not that bad apart from the snack bar which is a total rip off got charged 7 euros for small pringles and a can of lemon tea but other than that been in far worse places the trouble with us brits is we moan over the slightest thing
av been workin in zante airport all summer for a tour company yes it is small and very stessfull and yes you do have to que but its not the end of the world an it shouldnt spoil ur holiday ur standing outside for a while in quees then brought in 10 by 10 into the building but ad much rather be standing outside than in an by the time uv checked in uv got bout 15-20 mins to get on the plane so to be fair its not that bad. there is a brand new airport that is now ready an thats what you arrive at but i was told is they just need to pay for the rest of it but shud be open for next summer an av been in side its quite impressive.
Just returned from Zante arrived at the airport 3 half hours before flight THANK YOU FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAYS!! what a DISGRACE their must of been at least 600 people in that departure lounge 3 flights taking off. No air con No seatin etc ! I refused my last 4 euro's on coffee and put it in the DOGGY model for greek animal rescue, I found dear little thin hungry pup while staying in Zante and doing my upmost to rescue her and bring her home. I WILL NEVER EVER VISIT ZANTE OR GREECE AGAIN !
I was dreading the airport as it was a Sunday but have to say they were far more organised than in previous years. The tour operators have got together and only allow 12 people to go to departures at a time and this seems to alleviate the queueing. We book direct and always make sure we get back to the airport before the coaches arrive which seems to help.
What a bad way to finish a great holiday,queued for 90 mins to check in,once inside the depature lounge nowhere to sit(or stand), dirty toilets, overpriced cafe(6 euro's for a small bottle of orange squash) and no air conditioning on! Was planning on returning to this fantastic Island next year,but will maybe think twice about it if the new airport lounge isn't ready!
The only downpoint to the holiday is the departure from Zakynthos airport.The taxi driver told us the rest of new Airport should be open next year as it is all finished.Not holding my breath though as we have been told this before.but will keep my fingers crossed.We got caught with paying excess baggage a couple of years ago but they weighed every single thing we were carrying including donut & drink hubby was carrying,nearly everyone was caught.Must have been trying to make up extra money to finish airport.I am very careful with the weight now & always make sure no extra is showing on scales before i put luggage on.
This was about my 20th visit to Zante - and my last !
Just got back from Zante,great holiday,nightmare airport.i just wish i read the forums before as i knew it could be bad but was not expecting this!Got dropped off at the airport at 1100 hrs for a 1500 hrs flight,joined the queue and that was it for a couple of hours.got to check in at 1300 hrs and made the mistake of going straight in to the departure lounge,big mistake.no seats,no air con working,toilets a thing to forget(still have nightmares!)and the cafe a very big rip off-25 euros for 2 rolls and 2 coffes!no prices on display and not very fresh either!I hear that the new lounge is ready but they will not open it yet,i hope it is when i go back next year so it should be a better system,the arrivals area is prety good but 1n hour wait for luggage to arrive and you need to guess which conveyor it is on as none of the screens worked.all in all it was an expeariance to endure and hope it never stays the same or it will stop a lot of people,especially the old and disabled and those with young children from going again.
Me and my friend went to zante last year, had a fab time but i agree with every1s comments bout the airport! we had to sit on the floor as there was simply nowhere to move!!! the toilets were so bad, even though i was bursting i waited to get back to england to go!! tip- take your own toilet roll to airport, no joke!! however we are returning to zante again this year, just dreadin the wait at the airport!! xx
What a dreadful end to a perfect holiday.
Terrible!!just bak from my second visit this year,and really put off going again This beautiful island is being let down badly by the third world conditions at the airport.Very few seats meant a very uncomfortable wait for passengers on at least four fully booked flights. Sitting on filthy floors and even worse to endure in toilets,not good enough in this day and age.Reps did their best but better communication is needed between all tour operators to avoid taking bus loads of tourists into this disaster area , security was laughable, as a glamorous young lady sat texting instead of monitoring the luggage screen,very worrying !! If its true a new departure lounge is almost ready ,i would say its at least one season too late.Zante lost a lot of business on sat night going by all the comments i heard.,and this is so sad as it is a great place . Special award of the evening must go to the first choice rep helping the lone check in clerk with boarding and swiftly reducing the queue.Sad to say i could not consider bringing my elderly parents here as planned,though i will monitor this sites future comments
Just back from my first visit to a wonderful island paradise . All the other comments ring so true, be aware of the 500ml liquid restrictions now, as we and many other passengers were transferring bottles from hand luggage to hold baggage in the long queues. Also be aware of the announcements for boarding. We sat in the smoking area ( as it was the only place with chairs), and like in Gatwick, relied on the onscreen announcements to your flight boarding, and not the unrecognisable voice broadcasts. I watched the screen every 5 mins for our flight and not once did it say that our flight was boarding. It was on an off chance that we, and 3 other passengers on the same flight realised that the announcement that could just be heard was for the final call for 5 passengers for Gatwick. We were then sent to the wrong gate where a very rude member of staff said it was the other gate. Finally let through, and was given a tirade of abuse by the local dispatcher on did we know we had been holding up 230 passengers ( of course we did, we wanted to be late) We were given a raptuous applause by passengers still in the departure lounge and the same when we finnaly boarded. MY apologies to anyone who happened to be kept waiting on this flight. A very bad end to such a superb week.Come on local goverment, use some of our euros we are happy to spend, and spend it on a decent departure area
Flew back on 14th Sept. The best advice i can give is check in ( it is luck as to how long this takes). make sure you take water with you. Once checked in go & sit outside & wait for your departure time. Do NOT go through to the dpearture lounge until absolutely necessary. There is not enough room for i flight to be waiting let alone 2 or 3 as is usually the case. As regards the not taking liquids through- we just put them in our hand luggage & got water through no problem. It is worth a try due to the ridiuculous prices inside.Good Luck- but zante is worth it!
we flew back yesterday (16 sept) and after queing outside for a hour in the midday heat and being ushered in groups like sheep to check in ect i realy needed the toilet and belive me i have used some dirty toilets in my time but these are most definitely the worst.
we then had to sit on the departure lounge hard floor for around 2 hrs which can get realy uncomfy and then to top it we decided to buy 2 sandwiches which cost us 12.5 euros but despite all this the island is realy worth visiting just make sure you buy all your provisions you need for your wait before you enter the airport and above everything else try to avoid using the toilets.....
Been many times and it is more horrible every time.The snack bar charged me 9e for a can of fanta and box of pringles!The toilets are worse then a prison in china.If they are not going to hurry up and sort out the new place then they should at least make the toilets fit for humans.With regards to the picture of rubbish next to a bin!I sat and watched pigs leave rubbish on the floor, on tables etc.There were a few bins which i put MY rubbish in that were empty!I saw some poor lady pick up after us tourists who moan about the STATE of the departure lounge.If we act like pigs then they must think we dont care about the state of the place.For the people who use the binsthis doesnt apply to you and the ones who dont.Use the bloody bins
Do watch out for the snack bar prices. The woman in front of us paid 14 euros for 4 cans of coke. She could have gone upstairs to the giftshop and got a 6-pack of coke for less than 4 euros!
We had hoped this year the departure lounge would have moved to the new terminal. This is the only thing that lets the island down. It is time it was sorted and time the holiday companies let the island know but then again they are only after your money aren't they. The departure lounge must be the worst in the european holiday market. Our visit this year is next week going back in October hoping to miss some of the crush.
Don't get me wrong...I love Zakynthos. It has many good aspects and a few bad ones. One bad one is the departure lounge.
For a country with an economy assisted by tourism, it is a shame that the one lasting impression, as you leave a beautiful island, is the departure lounge at D.Solomis Airport. Over the past four years the departure lounge has remained a bit of a joke, a sight to behold, a euphamism for the Greekness of bad management.
Having been a visitor to the island for 10 years finding my own way there, i would advise all travellers to the airport when you book in at the desk ignore the reps directing you to the departure lounge which as described is a scene from Cas Blanca.Go outside and sit under the trees with your sandwiches and water purchased previously from local supermarkets where you stopped for your hols, this means you can wait the ridiculous 2hours outside in relative comfort.For the more adventurous there is a transport cafe across the road where the staff speak english and are extremely friendly.Above all don't be panicked or bullied to enter the deparure lounge pit!
I have given the airport a 3, ONLY because of the fantastic organisation by the Thomson reps. On Friday, I was dreading departures after reading comments on here. However, we stood outside, under cover for no more than 10 minutes. Inside we probably queued for 30 mins, whislt the reps told us which queue to go to, when to get passports ready etc I heard several people say it was better than last year -it was my first visit so have nothing to compare it to.
Yes it is about time the departure side of the new airport was opened. This is the only downside of a beautiful Island. If you go up to duty free you can buy 6 cans of drinks for 3euros 80 no water though.
one word - Horrific!! Holiday was great in Zante (only after we got there after a 7 hour delay) however going home was a nightmare. Queued over 1.5 hours to get checked in (even after getting to the airport 3 hours before the flight) and then was spoken to quite rudely from the thomas cook rep. If you're not holidaying with Thomas Cook don't ask them any questions as you get your head bitten off.
Anyone who has been to Zante before won`t need to be reminded what a trial the return jouney to the UK. can be, but this year with the new security measures in place, we were informed on numerous occasions that no liquids including water could be taken any further than Passport Control.
we did not do a package deal in June 2007 and we still had to queue outside the airport. We did try to go straight to be told that we had to queue with the rest of the people who were on a package deal.
the airport has got to be the worse one I have ever seen, the toilets are filthy, not enough seats, and the kiosk that sells the drinks is just so expensive.
The phrase that comes to mind is "third world". The place is filthy, there are no way near enough seats to accommodate everyone, everything is well over priced - a fanta lemon 4 euros 80,rip off, - despite what everyone else says it could well stop me going again and the toilets I've never seen anything so revolting, the cleaner really needs to start doing his/her job right or get the sack. It spoils the end of a good holiday and really needs a little bit of TLC. Arrivals is much cleaner and a place that makes you feel welcome, whereas on the way out they are minging and that just goes to show that it's they end of your holiday and they couldn't care less about you because you're leaving their country!!
We flew back on Sunday 5th August 07. Airport not as bad as I expected but it is still pretty poor! Queuing outside under the canopy was OK and we didn't really queue for any longer than in most other airports. The First Choice reps were very helpful in keeping things moving and helping with baggage etc.
rubbish!! it was a bad dissapointment to the end of the holiday! it was sucha a shame! the airport was soo smal.. an to find out yoo av a hour delay after already sitting on the hard floor for 3hours is bad! but never mind we still got home the same day :)
Awful. really awful. Waited 3 hours on the floor because it was so packed and such a small airport, to then find we had an hours delay...which meant sitting on the floor surrounded by loads and loads of people having to do exactly the same.
I was expecting the worst when I arrived here having read all of the terrible comments. Have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be although the luggage from the flight to Zante was a right performance taking an hour and a half to actually get onto the conveyor belt. luggage kept coming in groups of about 10 cases with a 15 minute wait in between each set.
Hello i have been transported via this airport twice my honest opinion is its dreadful theres no proper seating and the queues are quite bad too, but as i say greek maybe time it will never cant sorted or maybe not in my life time but never mind if your going for a holiday i suppose you just deal with it.
To Kat & Russ Skyme