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Passenger Fee at Greek Regional Airports to Increase

Samos Airport. Photo © Daniel541, Wikimedia Commons

Samos Airport. Photo © Daniel541, Wikimedia Commons

A fee imposed on the airline tickets of passengers departing from 14 Greek regional airports will be revised to 13 euros as of 2017, Greek state privatization fund TAIPED said on Wednesday. The 14 airports in question are those undertaken by German operator Fraport.

Today the average airport fee at regional airports, which includes a charge for using the airport and a “modernization and development tax” (spatosimo), is some 12,7 euros per departing passenger.

According to TAIPED, the revised 13-euro charge per passenger will remain fixed for a period of four years in which time Fraport will be required — according to the deal signed with the Greek government — to implement investments totalling 330 million euros at the airports it manages.

When investments are completed, the charge will not rise above 18,5 euros.

Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos last week signed a joint ministerial decision that refers to the technical details of the passenger charge.

Frankfurt-based Fraport Group inked a 40-year contract in December last year to manage with its Greek partner energy firm Copelouzos the airports at 14 regions across Greece that include three mainland gateways (Thessaloniki, Aktion, and Kavala) and 11 airports on Greek islands (Chania on Crete, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos).

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