The Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure together with the local Civil Aviation Authority is preparing a plan for the modernization of regional airports. This project is supposed to be a way to increase the competitiveness of state airports with those currently managed by Fraport. It is worth emphasizing here that the model for these modernization plans is to be the method of revitalization carried out at the airport in Heraklion .
This investment is indicated as a model undertaking implemented as part of public-private cooperation. All works carried out at the airport in Heraklion were financed with cash provided by the Hellenic Duty Free Shop. The amount of EUR 13.5 million enabled, among other things, the commissioning of a new departures hall with an area of 2,895 sq m, replacement of lifts, refreshment of the old part of the terminal, and even replacement of the air conditioning system.
Christos Spirtzis, Greek Minister of Infrastructure said: "what happened at Heraklion airport shows that even in difficult conditions (economic car accident) there are solutions that are effective when there is good will to cooperate and good planning" . It is worth noting here that initially the ministry was very skeptical about the planned facelift of the airport in Heraklion . Particular concern was the maintenance of the work schedule and the maintenance of the cost of works within the assumed budget.
A new departure hall at the airport in Heraklion
photo source www.neakriti.gr
As you can see, these doubts were completely unfounded. This investment turned out to be a hit and is to be a model for other regional ports. The ministry's employees are currently conducting talks with a number of local private companies whose activities are related to the functioning of airports. The Aegean Airlines airlines will also be invited to engage in the modernization of airports. The Ministry of Infrastructure also hopes that a successful project carried out at the airport in Heraklion will encourage the Hellenic Duty Free Shop to join other such investments.