Fra­port to re­ceive 14 air­ports over Easter

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ILIAS BELLOS

The 14 re­gional air­ports to be con­ceded to Fra­port Greece will be ready for de­liv­ery around Easter, ac­cord­ing to sources close to the process. The pre­cise date can­not yet be de­ter­mined as a num­ber of tech­ni­cal and other is­sues re­main pend­ing both with the Greek state and the Euro­pean Union, the same sources said.

The con­ces­sion com­mence­ment date, when the one-off 1.23-bil­lioneuro pay­ment to the state will also be due, co­in­cides with the be­gin­ning of in­creased traf­fic due to the hol­i­day sea­son, which will make the pro­ce­dure that much more chal­leng­ing for the con­trac­tor.

No­tably, the 14 air­ports will see op­er­a­tions handed over from the Greek state to their new Fra­port Greece staff overnight. This prom­ises to be one of the most de­mand­ing ex­er­cises in air­port his­tory, as it con­cerns not one or two but 14 ter­mi­nals si­mul­ta­ne­ously: These are Thes­sa­loniki, Ak­tio and Kavala on the Greek main­land and 11 is­land air­ports – Ha­nia, Corfu, Cephalo­nia, Cos, My­conos, Rhodes, Samos, San­torini, Skiathos and Zakyn­thos.

Fra­port says it ex­pects the process to be seam­less in terms of both se­cu­rity and ef­fi­ciency, as it has been prac­tic­ing the han­dovers at its head­quar­ters in Kalo­greza, north of Athens, for months now.

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