Fraport begins reconstruction of runway at Mykonos Airport in Greece

Airport operator Fraport has commenced the reconstruction of the runway at Mykonos Airport, Greece.

As part of the project, the surface of the existing runway will be replaced with a new layer of high strength asphalt, with the necessary markings to be in line with new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification requirements.

Work on the runway redevelopment project will be carried out between 13 and 29 November, during which the airport will remain closed.

However, medical flights will continue to operate during the period.

Once operational, the new runway will be safe, compliant and able to handle projected traffic over the next 20 years, according to Fraport Greece.

"We emphasise the safety of the airports and that is why the reconstruction of the runway is a priority for us."

Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell said: “As you already know, we emphasise the safety of the airports and that is why the reconstruction of the runway is a priority for us.”

Other plans for the modernisation of the Greek airport include expanding and remodelling the existing terminal, building a new fire station and reorganising the apron.

The terminal renovation will facilitate a 50% increase in the total size of the airport facility, as well as the construction of a new terminal area.

The project will also increase the number of check-in counters from 12 to 16, the number of departure gates from six to seven, and the number of security-check lanes from four to five.

In April, Fraport Greece commenced the 40-year concession for managing, operating and developing 14 regional airports on the Greek mainland and popular holiday islands.

The operator will invest about €400m for improving and expanding the airports’ infrastructure by 2021.