The time is now counting down for the complete regeneration of the 14 airports in Greece, the upgrade of which was undertaken by Fraport Greece. This is an investment program of 440 million euros.
In April 2014, Fraport Greece undertook the expansion, modernization and upgrade of the country’s 14 regional airports. The works started immediately in an even way and gradually the improvement of the services was obvious without even affecting in the least the proper operation of the airports.
From Corfu to Rhodes and from Thessaloniki to Chania in the last six years the work did not stop at all resulting in 11 of the 14 airports to be completed.
Initial estimates for the cost of upgrading the 14 airports were 330 million euros, but as work progressed, the amount was re-estimated at 415 million euros. But again, Fraport Greece did not stop there, as according to company circles the final amount of the investment program will amount to 440 million euros.
At 10 billion euros the direct revenue for the Greek State
Continuing the reading of the numbers and based on the calculations from the relevant models that Fraport Greece has run, the total direct revenue at a depth of 40 years (duration of the concession of the airports to the company) for the Greek State, will amount to about 10 billion. euro.
This is because the better, more comfortable, safer and friendlier the infrastructure of a tourist country for travelers, the more attractive its destinations become. The result will be an increase in the percentage of visitors to airports and consequently an increase in occupancy in hotels, restaurants, museums and beaches.
Renovations, configurations, increasing the number of check-ins and security points are just some of the upgrades to the 14 airports that Fraport has undertaken since taking over.
- The completed works at the “Anna Pollatou” airport of Kefalonia have given a new airport of 10,700 sq.m., which means increased check-in by 70%, with double security points and double departure gates.
- In Zakynthos , the renovation and remodeling of the terminal was implemented so that the check in increased by 35% and the security points by 150%.
- In “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” of Chania, the airport was completely reorganized, the gates were increased by 25% and the security and control points were doubled.
- Similar renovation works were carried out in the runway as well as in Kavala where the “push-back” way of parking the aircraft is now applied and therefore the full utilization of the capacity of the airports is achieved. In “Alexander the Great” of Kavala, the terminal was expanded by 2,029 sq.m.
- In the mainland, another airport that has changed completely is that of Aktio which was expanded by 2,381sq.m, was renovated and now has 14 check-in, 8 departure gates and double security points.
In Samos there has been an increase in the number of check-in, departure gates and security points from the expansion by 1,550sq.m.
- At the airport of Skiathos where expansion works were carried out by 2,185 sq.m. and renovation of the existing airport which resulted in, inter alia, the doubling of baggage handling belts.
- The brand new and by 3,450 sq.m. Mykonos largest airport , a jewel for the island, combines Cycladic architecture in a modern airport environment with modern systems.
- Rhodes Airport , the second largest managed by Fraport Greece after “Macedonia”, now has a completely different picture. It is a modern airport of international standards, comfortable and friendly to the passenger public.
- In “Ioannis Kapodistrias of Corfu, which was delivered just a few days ago, the new terminal with an area of 10,350 sq.m. as an extension of the existing one hosts 28 check-in, 8 checkpoints and 12 departure gates.
Finally, the three airports where the works are in progress and are expected to be completed before the end of the year are those of Kos , Santorini and the emblematic “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki .