Fraport Greece Completes Makeover of 14 Greek Regional Airports
Fraport Greece on Wednesday announced the completion of its four-year infrastructure development program at the 14 regional airports under its management in Greece.
The development program began in April 2017 following the company’s concession for managing eleven island and three mainland airports across the country.
According to Fraport Greece, despite various challenges, construction works advanced successfully throughout the first three years, including the peak summer travel periods – and even continued during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic; having to overcome many difficulties and challenges. In January 2021, Fraport Greece concluded the last of the construction works for the 14 airports – ahead of the April 2021 contractual deadline.
Delivered three months ahead of schedule, the airport manager said the airports are fully redeveloped and safe, providing new services, greater comfort, and more amenities to Greek and international travelers from around the world.
“The completion of this emblematic, 440-million-euro construction program on the dawn of 2021 fills me with pride and optimism. Our upgrading of the 14 regional airports during the last four years has given Greece 14 new, passenger-friendly airports,” Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell said.
The company’s development program has transformed the 14 airports, having delivered five brand new terminals, expanded and modernized five existing ones, and upgraded four others.
Construction projects at airside operational areas of the regional airports included renovating 12 runways, improving ramp areas, and constructing and renovating 12 fire stations. All of the airports have also been equipped with new state-of-the-art baggage handling and security detection systems.
According to Zinell, the revamped airports will serve as a “catalyst” for re-starting the vital Greek tourism industry.
“I am confident that these new state-of-the-art airport facilities will fully welcome and satisfy travelers wishing to explore the beauties of this magnificent country,” he added.
Details on the revamp
Construction projects were completed first at the airports of Zakynthos, Chania (Crete) and Kavala. On Zakynthos, refurbishing and remodeling the terminal made it possible to increase the number of check-in counters and security checkpoints by 35 percent and 150 percent, respectively. The terminal at Chania was completely modernized, while the number of gates increased by 25 percent and security checkpoints doubled. On the Greek mainland, Kavala’s Megas Alexandros Airport received a similar refurbishment, as well as more than 1,900 square meter expansion.
Also on the mainland, Aktion Airport’s terminal had a complete overhaul and a 2,500 square meter expansion – providing extra space for twice as many security checkpoints, 14 check-in counters, and 7 departure gates. On the island of Samos, the airport terminal was modernized and expanded by over 1,500 square meters – with plenty of room for more check-in counters, departure gates, security checkpoints, and other services. At Skiathos Airport, the terminal has also been completely refurbished and enlarged by nearly 2,200 square meters.
Odysseas Elytis Airport in Mitilini on Lesvos features a new terminal with over 7,100 square meters of space. Similarly, the new terminal at Kefalonia Anna Pollatou Airport offers some 10,700 square meter of space for passenger comfort, including more services, a 70 percent increase in the number of check-in counters, and twice as many security checkpoints and departure gates.
On Mykonos, the redesigned terminal is now 50 percent bigger and combines traditional Cycladic architectural highlights with modern airport facilities. As a result, there is more space for check-in counters, departure gates, as well as a unique ambiance with attractive amenities.
On Rhodes, the airport has also been upgraded to offer world-class services. The terminal has a larger check-in area, plus more security checkpoints and baggage belts, a wider choice of shopping and dining. The apron in front of the terminal was also redesigned for improved operations.
Similarly, in the second quarter of 2020 Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport opened a new terminal with nearly 10,400 square meters of space: including 28 check-in counters, 8 security checkpoints and 12 departure gates.
The remaining construction works continued to progress at three airports: on the islands of Kos and Santorini, as well on the mainland at Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport. At Kos Airport, the new passenger terminal now boasts more than 23,000 square meters of space and a new apron area. Santorini Airport’s terminal underwent a major redevelopment resulting in a far larger facility total well over 15,000 square meters of space for an optimum passenger experience.
Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport
Final construction works were completed at Thessaloniki Makedonia Airport, the largest airport in Fraport Greece’s portfolio. The 100-million-euro development has created a new terminal complex aimed to rival Europe’s most popular airports. The new terminal is linked via skyway bridges to the redesigned existing terminal – thus doubling the amount of terminal space available. More check-in space, twice as many departure gates, and a wide range of attractive restaurant and shopping facilities now shape a completely new environment at the international gateway to Greece’s second largest city.
Fraport Greece’s partner for the infrastructure development program was INTRAKAT, a Greek company which carried out construction projects simultaneously at all 14 locations on the Greek islands and mainland.
I have used Rhodes airport many times. It is true that the terminal has been greatly improved, but airport taxes have also increased substantially and there are many more shopping opportunities, at increased prices (e.g. several euros for a small bottle of water). Has this occurred at all 14 Fraport-managed airports in Greece? Will these costs be reduced now that the infrastructure development programme has been completed?