Alert: If you are driving on the E75/A90 north coast motorway from Chania, Rethymnon and other points in the west of Crete, the normal access/turnoff to Heraklion International Airport is closed.
The main highway is known as Βόρειος Οδικός Άξονας Κρήτης or BOAK for short. That is how the Greeks know it. Loosely translated it means the Crete Northern axis road. In fact, is the island’s main artery linking Kissamos in the West and Sitia in the East of Crete, a distance of some 310kms of road travel.
BritsinCrete understands that the reason for the closure at the airport intersections, is the undertaking of major road works and badly needed resurfacing of the on/off links. This section of the main East West Highway is heavily used by vehicles. From personal experience, the A90/E75 section in question had been deteriorating for several years.
What is the alternative airport exit?
Arriving from the western areas of Crete, on the main highway, and approx 2kms before the usual airport exit there are well marked and temporary signposts (actually 2kms earlier) at the major Leoforas Steliou Kazantzidi interchange. Follow the directions there which takes you in the direction of the Heraklion Port free trade zone and Nea Alikarnossos suburb which connects to the airport. DO NOT MISS the turning or ignore those temporary signs. otherwise the next turnoffs about 3kms beyond the usual airport turning.
This is just a heads up as we enter the season when there is increased travel to and from the airport now that the Greek government is permitting some international flights directly into Heraklion Airport. At time of writing we are still waiting to hear the clearances from the health authorities in Northern Ireland, Scotland Wales and England for external travel.
What About Connecting to the Eastern Resorts like Hersonissos, Elounda from the Airport?
If you are arriving from overseas and renting a car at the airport, and driving in the easterly direction towards Sitia, Hersonissos, Elounds, Malia, Ierapetra etc just ask the customer service agent the latest progress on access to the A90/E75 due to ongoing roadworks.
So this Brits in Crete advisory is only for users of the E75/A90 BOAK (pronounced VOAK) travelling eastbound to Heraklion Airport where the usual turning to the main terminal is temporarily closed for roadworks and major upgrade. If you are arriving at Heraklion from the Eastern end of Crete Island then the airport turnoff is open at the time of this message.