Fraport, the managing company of 14 regional airports in Greece, announced this week plans to increase a fee for all departing passengers as of April 1 from the current 13 euros.
The fee, which includes a charge for using the airport and a “modernization and development tax” (spatosimo), which may reach 18.50 euros, will initially be implemented at the airports of Zakynthos, Kavala and Chania.
According to Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell, the increased passenger fee will then be charged at the airports of Rhodes, Skiathos, Kefalonia, Lesvos, Aktio and Samos, to be followed lastly by the airports of Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu and Kos – once the upgrade works there are completed.
According to the 40-year concession deal the German operator signed with the Greek state, Fraport Greece can increase the said charge up to 18.50 euros per passenger upon departure but will have to consult with the airlines ahead of its application, which Zinell said would begin in November.
Speaking in Thessaloniki during an event for the presentation of Makedonia Airport plans, Zinell reassured that a fixed passenger fee would be charged across all of the company’s airports in Greece and airlines operating out of these.
At the same time, Fraport management said the charge remains competitive compared to corresponding fees applicable at rival destination airports, which in many cases comes to 20 euros.