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Regional Greek Airports Modernized After €440 Million Investment

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The revamped Thessaloniki Makedonia airport. Credit: Fraport Greece

Fourteen Greek airports have been redeveloped by Fraport Greece in the last few months providing new services, greater comfort, and more amenities to Greek and international travelers.

Fraport Greece launched the airport development program in April 2017, in tandem with the start-up of its concession for managing eleven island and three mainland airports across Greece.

The company says it concluded the last of the construction works for the 14 airports well ahead of the April 2021 contractual deadline.

Fraport Greece’s innovative €440 million airport development program has significantly transformed these airports.

In particular, Fraport Greece has delivered five brand new terminals, expanded and modernized five existing terminals, and upgraded four other terminals.

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 Greek airports have also been equipped with new state-of-the-art baggage handling and security detection systems.

Thessaloniki airport

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Thessaloniki airport. Credit: Fraport Greece

The airport of Thessaloniki, delivered three months ahead of schedule, has been transformed into a totally different airport, almost double in size.

The Makedonia airport has two terminals connected by an air bridge, a modern design in gray, brand new check-in areas, double departure gates, new restaurants and many additional facilities.

The airport absorbed almost 25 pct of the total investment, amounting to 440 million euros, according to the general development manager of the company, George Velos.

“We now have an airport almost twice what we had before with two modern terminals and modern airport infrastructure comparable to the corresponding international airports abroad,” Velos said.

Kefalonia and Mykonos airports

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Kefalonia airport. Credit: Fraport Greece

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% 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% bigger and combines traditional Cycladic architectural highlights with modern airport facilities.

The redesigned Mykonos airport. Credit: Fraport Greece

As a result, there is more space for check-in counters, departure gates, as well as a unique ambiance with attractive amenities.

Greek airports in Rhodes and Corfu

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.

Corfu airport. Credit: Fraport Greece

Other Greek regional airports

Construction projects were completed first at the airports of Zakynthos, Chania (Crete) and Kavala.

At Zakynthos, refurbishing and remodeling the terminal made it possible to increase the number of check-in counters and security checkpoints by 35% and 150%, respectively.

The terminal at Chania was completely modernized, while the number of gates increased by 25% 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.

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Mytilene New Terminal. Credit: Fraport Greece

Odysseas Elytis Airport in Mytilene features a new terminal with over 7,100 square meters of space.

The remaining construction works continued to progress at three airports on the islands of Kos and Santorini.

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