The airport of Kefalonia is situated in the area of Minies, about 9 kilometres from Argostoli, the capital of the island. It receives domestic flights from Athens and some charter flights in summer. Flights from Athens take about 45 minutes. The transfer time between the airport and the capital is only a few minutes by car. No public buses are available from or to the airport but cars can be rented there to help you explore the island. Taxis also wait outside the terminal to serve the visitors. Many hotels and rooms (or apartments or studios) offer free transfer to the airport by private mini buses.
The airport is fairly modern, with just one runway and one terminal, and can get extremely busy during the high holiday season, from June to early September. It handles most of its 400,000 annual passengers during this time, with Tuesday and Sunday being the busiest days.
Several airlines serve the airport from the UK, including Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook and Monarch Airlines, along with budget carrier EasyJet. Flights also arrive from Vienna, Amsterdam and other European cities, including Athens with Olympic Air.
Prior to the construction of the airport in the 1970s, the only way to reach the island was by ferry from Patras, on mainland Greece. The airport received a new terminal and runway in the 1980s to accommodate the increasing numbers of tourists. Metaxata, Monoampeles and Sarlata are popular getaways nearby Kefalonia's airport, while Argostoli, to the north, is known for its harbour and ancient sights.