Araxos (Greek: Άραξος, Latin: Araxus) is a village and a community in the municipal unit of Larissos in the northwestern part of Achaea, Greece. The community consists of the villages Araxos, Kalogria, Paralimni and Taxiarches. It is located in the coastal plains near Cape Araxos, which separates the Gulf of Patras from the Ionian Sea. There are two lagoons near the village Araxos: Prokopos to the southwest and Kalogria to the north. The Mavra Vouna hills are in the north, Cape Araxos being their northernmost point. It is 4 km west of Lakkopetra, 1 km west of Araxos Airport, 5 km north of Metochi and 13 km west of Kato Achaia.
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Araxos Air Base
An auxiliary military airfield was constructed in the area in 1939. Construction of the base began around 1958 and it became operational in 1962. The base is used by 116 Combat Wing of the Hellenic Air Force and, until recently, the NATO 345 Air Munitions Company (1978-2001). Until 2001, U.S. B61 nuclear bombs intended for delivery by Hellenic Air Force A-7H aircraft under NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements were stored in vaults inside the base's Hardened Aircraft Shelters using the WS3 Weapon Storage and Security System.
The runway length is 3352 m running in a south to north direction (18/36). The military installations are accessed from Lakkopetra to the north.
Araxos Airport (IATA: GPA, ICAO: LGRX) is a civilian airport that uses the military base runway. Araxos is the closest airport to the city of Patras. During summer time the airport serves a few civilian charter flights from northern Europe. The civil aviation installations are accessed from the south.
List of settlements in Achaea
^ Hans M. Kristensen (February 2005), U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe, Natural Resources Defense Council, retrieved 2006-05-23
^ Araxos Airport (in Greek)
Araxos Airport in Greek Airport Guide
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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