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Mykonos to close for runway work

 

Mykonos Airport in Greece is to close for just over two weeks in November while the runway is rebuilt.

The works will also include improvements to the terminal and apron, but will start with the reconstruction of the main airstrip.  The existing surface will be replaced with a new layer of high strength asphalt, which will be marked to comply with the latest EASA certification requirements.  This will entail the airport closing between November 13 and November 29, although medical flights operated by helicopters will be able to use the facilities during the period.

Fraport Greece plans for the development of the airport also include:

  • Expanding and remodeling the terminal – 50% increase in the total size of the building to 13,350m2
  • 33% increase in the number of check-in counters (from 12 to 16)
  • 17 %increase in the number of departure gates (from 6 to 7)
  • 25% increase in the number of security-check lanes (from 4 to 5)
  • New fire station
  • Reorganizing the apron

Alexander Zinell, Fraport Greece CEO, commented: “The works that will begin in mid-November at Mykonos Airport are part of the master plan that we have drawn up for the modernization and development of the 14 [airports Fraport manages in Greece].  As you already know, we emphasize on the safety of the airports and that is why the reconstruction of the runway is a priority for us.”

Mykonos Airport has just had a very successful summer during with there was a 19.2% increase in passenger traffic and a 30% increase in general aviation flights.  When the enhancements are complete it will be able to support projected traffic growth for the next 20 years.  Fraport Greece won a 40-year concession to manage, operate and develop 14 airports in the country in April, and has committed to spend €400m to update the facilities by 2021.

Photo: Mykonos Airport will be closed for runway work during November.  (Wikimedia Commons / greece.com)

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