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Fraport Greece Discusses Makeover Plans for Four Airports in the South Aegean

Fraport Greece executives and South Aegean Governor Giorgos Hatzimarkos recently held a meeting and discussed details on the company’s makeover plans for the airports of Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos and Santorini.

The four regional airports are among the 14 on the Greek mainland and popular holiday islands for which the company has signed a 40-year concession for their management, operation and development.

During the meeting, which was also attended by Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell, Hatzimarkos requested that the company incorporates the local communities’ objectives on tourism and the economy within its revamp plans, since the four islands are considered among the most popular Greek destinations to tourists.

Hatzimarkos also requested that Fraport Greece proceeds with improvements to the airports’ operation and appearance, prior to the implementation of its major revamping scheme, in order for the passengers to better comprehend the transition to the new management.

The following summarizes the enhancement changes that are expected to be implemented at the four airports under Fraport Greece’s investment plan until 2021:

Rhodes Airport (RHO)

• Remodeling the current terminal
• Reorganizing the airport apron area
• New fire station
• 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
• 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
• 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
• 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)

Kos Airport (KGS)

• New terminal
• New fire station
• Refurbishing/expanding the waste water treatment plant
• 201 percent increase in the total size of the airport at 24,000 m2
• 75 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 16 to 28)
• 125 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 9)

Mykonos Airport (JMK)

• Expanding and remodeling the terminal – 50 percent increase in the total size of the terminal at 13,350 m2, with the construction of a new terminal area
• New fire station
• Reorganizing apron
• 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 12 to 16)
• 17 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 6 to 7)
• 25 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 5)

Santorini Airport (JTR)

• Expanding and remodeling the current terminal
• New fire station
• Reorganizing the airport apron area
• 236 percent increase in total terminal space at 15,640 m2, by replacing part of the current terminal and constructing a new terminal
• 113 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 8 to 17)
• Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 1 to 2)
• 20 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 5 to 6)
• 250 percent increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 7)

Fraport Greece in April took over the 40-year management of 14 regional airports across Greece, which will undergo extensive renovation and construction works. The airports at the 14 regions across Greece include three mainland gateways (ThessalonikiAktion, and Kavala) and 11 airports on Greek islands (Chania on Crete, KefaloniaKos, MykonosLesvosRhodesSamosSantoriniSkiathos and Zakynthos).

The company aims to enhance the airports’ international competitiveness with the modernization and upgrade of the infrastructure and the continuous training of employees.

By 2021, Fraport Greece is expected to have invested a minimum of 330 million euros for development works at the airports.

Fraport Greece is 73.4 percent owned by the Frankfurt-based airport operator Fraport AG and 26.6 percent by Copelouzos Group.


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