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Work gets underway at Kefalonia


Fraport Greece has started major upgrade work at Kefalonia Airport (EFL).

Components of the project that have commenced include repairing the ATC tower; refurbishment of the main building including its waterproofing, walls, and foundation; replacement of the flight information display screens (FIDS); cleaning of the airside drainage ditches; and major improvements to the runway surface.

The edges of the airstrip have exceeded their useful life and its centre has smoothness and friction problems, so Fraport Greece is resurfacing of both the runway and the apron with new high resistance asphalt layers.  Markings that comply with new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification requirements will also be added.  Kefalonia Airport will operate with a limited runway length until December 20, 2017, although flight operations will not be interrupted as the sections remaining available are sufficient for the aircraft expected to use it.

The remainder of the program of works will continue for the next 18 months and are expected to be completed during the summer of 2019.  They include:

  • Demolition of the existing terminal and construction of a building covering 115,000sq ft (10,652m2)
  • Construction of a new airport rescue firefighting station (ARFF)
  • Installation of an automatic security check system for baggage inspection (HBS inline screening system)
  • Building a wastewater treatment plant, and relocation of the water and sanitation system
  • Landscaping

Check-in counters will be increased by 71% (12 instead of seven), while the number of gates will be doubled from three to six and the two additional security screening points will be opened (up from two to four).

Photo: A new terminal will be opened at Kefalonia, Greece during 2019.  (Fraport Greece)

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