Thirteen new routes will soon be introduced at Chania
Airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” on Crete Island Greece, according to Fraport Greece.
The announcement was made during a recent event in
Chania held by the company to present its plans for the strategic upgrade of Chania’s
airport, which is among the 14 Greek regional airports it manages.
According to Fraport Greece, the new routes to be
introduced to Chania will be operated by Aegean Airlines, Blue Air, Brussels
Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, EasyJet, Edelweiss, Ellinair, Enter Air, Lauda
Motion, Primera Air, SunExpress Deutschland, Small Planet Airlines and Thomson
During the presentation, Fraport Crete Island Greece highlighted
its objectives for maximising the potential of the airport infrastructure,
increasing passenger traffic, as well as attracting new airlines, and upgrading
“This falls in line with the collaborative philosophy
that the company cultivates with all stakeholders, in order to promote Chania
as a travel destination and to boost tourism and economic growth in the wider
Western Crete region,” the company said in an announcement.
Enhancement changes that will be implemented at
Chania’s airport under Fraport Crete Island Greece’s investment plan, include:
- Rearranging the terminal’s internal utilization
- Rearranging the departure gate lounge
- Expanding the security control area
- HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline
- Expanding the waste water treatment plant or
connection to municipal service
- Reorganizing the apron area
- Refurbishing the airside pavement
- 25 percent increase in the number of departure gates
(from 8 to 10)
- Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 4
The presentation in Chania was part of a series of
open briefings held by the company in the areas that its 14 airports serve.
The modernisation of what is Greece’s second busiest airport was
financed by Hellenic Duty Free Shops to the tune of 13 million euros.
Renovations at Nikos Katzantzakis Heraklion Airport have seen the introduction of a new
departures area covering 2,895 sqm, the restoration of the old departures area,
two extra toilet complexes and the introduction of four VIP lounges.
The airport’s 2,054 sqm of duty-free space has relocated from the first
floor to the ground floor of the airport. Hellenic Duty Free Shops said the
newly-opened walkthrough stores would create a “world class” retail experience
and also offer a strong sense of place by offering traditional Greek products
across the core duty-free categories, including Cretan food and beverage
Hellenic Duty Free Shops CEO George Velntzas said of the
renovations: “This whole investment undertaken by our Company was realised in
165 days and constituted the successful expression of the partnership of a private
initiative with the Greek State benefiting both sides."
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