The development and the projects in the 14 regional airports

The new era of the 14 regional airports , the investment with the highest paid concession price in Greece, gets flesh and bones, rapidly completing the commitments undertaken by the Fraport Greece joint venture since the formal tender was completed.

A new era that encapsulates the strengthening and growth of the Greek tourism industry comes as a “response” to the long period of the economic crisis that the country has experienced.

The process for the “passage” of the 14 regional airports to the private sector began to be formed with the launch of the privatization tender in March 2013. In 2014, the Fraport Greece consortium filed the highest bid for 1,234 billion EUR (one – off price and EUR 22,9 million annual guaranteed rent payable, adjusted annually to inflation), a tender which was declared preferable.

Next year was the 2016 when the concession contracts for the 14 regional airports were ratified by the Greek Parliament. In April 2017, the consortium undertook their operation, maintenance and development for the next 40 years, paying a lump sum of 1,234 billion euros.

Nowadays, as you can see below, the commitments that have been made are taking place in an intensive manner, as already three airports are under delivery and the remaining 11 are in the process of finalizing the work in 2021.

The three traditional airports in Zakynthos, Kavala and Chania

The work of the 14 Greek regional airports , the operation, management, development and maintenance, is one of the largest investments that are currently being implemented in Greece. With enormous benefits to tourism and the Greek economy, investment is a vehicle for multilevel development at national and local level.

The Fraport Greece is responsible for the operation of the Aktion airport, Zante, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Lesvos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Chania.


The 40-year management of airports has created new prospects for the future of local communities, enabling them to enhance not only their tourism product but also sectors of wider economic activity such as agricultural production, trade, construction , the building of real estate and many more.

Large investment projects provide for the modernization, development and / or expansion of airport infrastructure, including work such as infrastructure renovations, construction of new facilities in areas and airports . In total, Fraport Greece will invest EUR 415 million in the development of airport infrastructure by 2021.

Terminal stations

Zakynthos (ZTH) and Kavala (KVA) passenger terminal buildings will be fully refurbished and refurbished with brand new passenger and luggage departure systems. These include new check-in boxes, a modern baggage handling control system and new flight information screens (FIDs).

The equipment of security checkpoints, passport control benches and departure gate stalls are also brand new. Both stations are equipped with “smart” systems and an integrated data network with energy-saving technology such as HVAC class A, LED lighting and insulated windows, as well as security systems such as CCTV / Access Control, Green and a fire detection and alarm system.

Expand all terminals

At the airports of Zakynthos and Chania (CHQ) there have been “internal” extensions of their semi-trailers and at the terminal of Kavala extension of the gates and the luggage management area.

In public areas of all three airports , passengers will have wireless internet access for their smart devices with clear announcements about the gates from the new / refurbished system, new route markers, modern WCs, precise temperature control, excellent retail space and plenty seats. Brand new seats in the case of Kavala airport.


At all three airports, aircraft parking areas will be converted to pushback, new / refurbished, LED lighting, improved pavements and EASA for markings and markings. Corridors and tramways will also be re-marked and tagged, although it will take a few more months to complete the work.


Wider aerodrome space

At the airport of Zakynthos, the fire station, the outpost and the main electrical substation have completely replaced the old buildings, which are being demolished.

In Kavala, the outskirts are completely new and the other facilities are expanded and renovated. In both Chania and Kavala airports, new connections are established with municipal waste treatment plants for better wastewater disposal.



Free access area

The airport of Zakynthos has a new external roof panels and newly painted facade. That of Kavala acquires a fully renovated exterior appearance with a marble finish and an attractive outline. Chania Airport acquires new car parking facilities.

Airports with completion plan in 2019 and timetable until 2021

The terminals in Akkio (PVK) and Kefalonia (EFL) will have the same systems and technology as described. The airport in Aktio will expand, while that of Kefalonia acquires a completely new terminal. The basic construction activities for the next phases are described below.

Aktio (2019)

Aktio Airport was a beehive on the forefront of construction all winter. Things are moving fast and already the BHS is ready and its waterproofing continues, the expansion of the gates has been completed while in the new check-in area, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing facilities are moving alongside other preparatory work for the new cabinets.

By mid-2019, the projects will be completed with a redeveloped track and improved airport lighting, as well as a comprehensive redevelopment of the free access area.

Kefalonia (2019)

It is finished with the first half of the new passenger terminal at Kefalonia Airport “Anna Pollatou” , as well as a temporary arrival hall. Business operations have moved from the old building to the new.

The new terminal will have all the systems described above for the airports to be delivered. The airport of Kefalonia also gets a new fire station, guard, substation, sewage treatment plant and related facilities.

Skiathos (2019)

In Skiathos (JSI), the old terminal was redefined. Terminal 1 will include most of the systems of the airports under delivery.

At the same time, the new terminal is undergoing work for its complete refurbishment and significant expansion. In controlled access areas, the aircraft parking area now operates with a pushback system.

The new rescue and fire station is under construction. In the controlled access areas of the airport, a new entrance will be created in conjunction with refurbishment and refurbishment works of the vehicle parking facilities.

Samos (2019)

In Samos (SMI) the work progresses normally. With the demolition of the old terminal, major expansion work has begun to provide the necessary space for new luggage management facilities.

At the existing terminal, renovations and remodeling work are ongoing since March 2018. In its final form, the check-in room will be fully restructured, with modern check-in facilities and in-line delivery and luggage check-in facilities. Extension of the existing terminal has started to create an additional gateway and arrival facilities. On the arrival side, the first baggage luggage belt will be operational at the end of this year.

The construction of the new Rescue and Fire Station is underway and the aircraft parking area has already been renovated.

Mytilene (2019)

In Mytilene (MJT), the construction of the brand-new terminal at the northern end of the airport is progressing steadily. Concrete projects have already been completed and internal work has started, including electromechanical installations.

The new extension of the aircraft parking area has begun with land improvement projects, while the existing northern car park has been renovated with a new asphalt layer. The new rescue and fire-fighting station is under construction, as is the new sewage treatment plant.

Rhodes (2019)

This is an extremely important period for Rhodes Airport (RHO), both for the terminal and for the controlled access area. At present, almost all of the aircraft parking space is under reconstruction, from the underpass and above. At the same time, the remodeling in the ground floor of both stations proceeds.

The entire old terminal will be refurbished by installing modern electromechanical installations, expanded areas for commercial controls and passenger safety checks and new furniture.

The new terminal has already been modified to create larger spaces for commercial development, an expanded area for passenger control and an open gate area.

The check-in process at both stations will be fully improved so that the airport is ready and responding during a period of waiting for passenger traffic records. In the wider area of ​​the airport, a new fire brigade and ancillary facilities are expected to be built before the end of next year.

Corfu (2021)

Progress at Corfu airport (CFU) is truly amazing, with expansion projects well ahead of schedule. The superstructures of concrete have already been completed and now the works are at the stage of masonry and flooring.

At the existing terminal, the remodeling, including new floors, new electromechanical and plumbing facilities, new spaces, new check-ins, and new luggage management facilities are progressing intensively.

The expansion of 11,000 m² of the track has begun in order to increase aircraft parking spaces.

Thessaloniki (2021)

At Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia” (SKG), the installation of all foundation piles has been completed and the foundations and first levels of the passenger station are beginning to appear. Today, in the space of the foundation ceremony held in September, passengers can already find the basement of the building.

The foundation of the fire station is in its early stages. Soil quality is so poor in this area that particular care must be taken to build these buildings.

Construction takes time yet yet a major event is considered a key factor: Activation of a newly refurbished and expanded runway 10-28.

The process of launching this corridor will take time, especially since the airport of Macedonia is one of our very few precision approach airports with low visibility operations during certain periods of the year.

Kos (2021)

Until the high season of 2020, the airport in Kos (KGS) will have been significantly modernized and will have new facilities that will improve the experience of the passengers and facilitate the work of those working on them.

The existing terminal will be replaced by a new station to be delivered for use in 2019. The new terminal is a ground floor, and partly a basement, occupying a total area of ​​approximately 23,000 m². with a new Rescue and Fire Rescue, a new outpost and a new waste area.

The sewer pipes will be connected to the municipal wastewater treatment plant. New road access, parking, roads & sidewalks are part of these airport transformations.

Exceptional concrete projects in the area and buildings above the ground create a striking feeling for all visitors, including passengers.

Beginning in the autumn of 2019, passengers will have the experience of traveling and the pleasure of arriving in the new arrivals hall after the existing hall will be demolished and replaced by the new space with the departure gates.

During the period February-May 2018, the entire runway was significantly restored and 2/3 of the aircraft parking space was successfully renewed.

The construction of the additional northern aircraft parking area has been completed and put into operation. The way the aircraft parking track has been successfully changed to power-in / push back.

Mykonos (2021)

In Mykonos (JMK) during the previous winter season 2017 – 2018 the entire corridor that is now “one of the smoothest landing strips” in the area was completely renovated.

A new power-in / push-back mode was introduced to the aircraft parking area along with completely new lighting. The construction of the new (extension) arrivals station and the new Rescue and Fire Station is in progress since the spring of 2018.

Until the end of the next summer season, the existing terminal building will be refurbished. The complete refurbishment and expansion of the passenger terminal, to be delivered within two years, will reflect the flagship Mykonian architectural tradition, yet encompassing the modern environment of the island as a unique, first-class, global destination for international tourists.

Santorini (2021)

The airport in Santorini (JTR) reflects the “almost impossible” project. A project with structural problems in defining the construction phases, resulting in the need for support from airlines and ground handling companies.

Today, the new arrivals hall is under construction and at the same time it is working to implement additional temporary measures to serve passenger traffic in this popular destination.

The new arrivals building must be ready to be used as a safe corridor for arriving passengers, at least temporarily. The existing building of the Santorini terminal will be replaced by the end of 2020 with a new modern arrival and departure building.

Finally, the upgrading of the airport infrastructure will also include a new Rescue and Fire Rescue Station and a series of interventions on the state of the parking area in the free access area and on the aircraft and runway / taxiway system.

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