Several UK airports offer regular flights to Corfu, with the Greek island's airport experiencing high volumes of arrivals during the summer season. As well as taxis, car hire services and private bus transfers arranged by holiday companies, a public bus service connects the airport with Corfu Town and the port.
Corfu International Airport is the arrival point for passengers coming from the UK and elsewhere. Situated less than 2.5 miles by road from the centre of Corfu Town, the onward journey from the airport is quick and easy.
A wide variety of airlines fly to Corfu from the UK. They include easyJet, Jet2 and British Airways, TUI and Norwegian Air International. Passengers have the greatest choice of airlines and flight times during the summer months, but airports such as Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds-Bradford, East Midlands, London Luton and London Gatwick offer year-round flights. The majority of flights are direct and take between three and four hours to make the journey.
As an island, flying is the quickest and most convenient way to reach Corfu. The alternative is to travel to Igoumenitsa on the north-west coast of mainland Greece and catch a ferry. Igoumenitsa is almost five hours by road from Athens. By contrast, air passengers to Corfu have the choice of a wide variety of direct flights departing from airports across the UK throughout the year.
Corfu has been attracting visitors for centuries. Today, many people come for its beaches and the warm waters of the Ionian Sea, but the island has plenty of other attractions. Bus No. 15 from the airport goes to Corfu Town, which contains some striking Venetian architecture and the church of St Spyridon. Fans of Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" may recognise it as the place where Gerald's sister kissed the feet of the saint's preserved body. Less than 20 miles north-east of Corfu Town is the seafront village of Kalami. This is the location of the White House, once lived in by Gerald's brother, the author Lawrence Durrell. Now incorporating a restaurant, diners can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine while looking out over the same view the Durrells savoured in the 1930s.