Among the 14 regional Greek airports it is managing, operating, and developing, Fraport Greece has high hopes for Makedonia Airport which serves the northern port of Thessaloniki, the country’s second largest city.
After the completion earlier this year of upgrade works on all 14 airports it runs, Fraport Greece said airline companies are requesting slot positions demonstrating the airport’s vast potential for growth.
Speaking during the 4th Prodexpo North online conference last week, George Vilos, executive director of commercial & business development at Fraport Greece, said the company poured 500 million euros in the overhaul of the regional airports to improve the overall traveler experience and be ready for the new era of travel.
Referring to Makedonia Airport in particular, Vilos said he was confident it will evolve into a major pole of attraction, adding that its development is a priority for Fraport due to its central position in the wider area thus promising great potential for growth.
According to Vilos, the upgraded airport can now serve 45 percent more passengers than in the past or more than 10 million. A total of 3,650m2 of new retail area was created and 3,000m2 of space to host Greek and international F&B services chains.
He said the key goal now was to attract more air routes from abroad and added that there is already a great demand for new slots from airlines such as easyJet, Volotea, and British Airways.
Vilos added that Russia’s S7 would be launching routes connecting Thessaloniki with Moscow, and that AEGEAN Airlines was also planning to add new routes.