Fraport Greece, a subsidiary of German airport operator Fraport, has unveiled its plans for the redevelopment of Kos Hippocrates International Airport in Greece. The event was attended by the island’s government representatives and local stakeholders, who discussed a range of issues that concern the future of the airport and the development of the island’s tourism in general.
Alexander Zinell, CEO of Fraport Greece, said, “The last few years have been very challenging for Kos and its people. From their unequivocal support to those that crossed the Aegean looking for a safe-haven, to their courageous handling of the catastrophic earthquake earlier this year, the people of Kos have demonstrated their perseverance and strength, while striving to maximize the island’s full growth potential.
“We plan to support Kos’s tourism by investing €30.5m (US$36m) in a brand-new modern airport – three times bigger than today’s facility. We are very pleased and proud that our development plans have been warmly greeted by the local authorities and stakeholders. Alongside them, we want to welcome more tourists and offer modern services, while making every moment of their stay on this beautiful island a memorable one. “Our goal is to welcome the island’s visitors in a brand-new terminal in the summer of 2020, an airport that both Kos and its citizens rightfully deserve.”
The plans unveiled by Fraport Greece include the construction of a new terminal, a new fire station, and the refurbishment and extension of the sewage treatment facilities. The area of the terminal will be increased by 188%, amounting to a total of 24,100m2 (260,000ft2).
Meanwhile, efforts will be made to improve the quality of the services offered, including a 75% increase in the number of check-in desks and a 125% increase in the number of security checkpoints.