Mykonos Airport revamp to show island’s ‘true spirit’
Fraport, the German company that operates many of Greece’s airports, are moving ahead with multi-million dollar promises to revamp Greece’s aging airport infrastructure— including a €25 million ($30 million) facelift for Mykonos airport. The revamp, which is expected to meet the high demands of the “brand name” that Mykonos has developed, will include a series of significant upgrades including a refurbished terminal, a new arrivals area, more gates, two new VIP lounges and a new automated luggage handling system.
“We are unveiling – what I believe is – a bold statement of avant garde, a radical new approach to airport design which I believe is only possible on Mykonos,” said Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell while presenting the new architectural design of Mykonos Airport at an event held on the island on Monday. “We knew that Mykonos was not just a destination but a brand name,” Zinell said, underlining that Fraport’s plans for the airport’s revamp is very close to the “true spirit” of the popular Greek island.
As revealed during the presentation, the architects at K-STUDIO και ΒΕΤΑPLAN will create a marriage between the island’s traditional white-washed cubic buildings and dovecots, as well as it’s contemporary, chic persona. The airport’s “new face” will combine modern architecture with the traditional style of the Cyclades and its improvements will increase both service quality and capacity. The facelift includes beautification, but also structural advances including better security checks, more check-in counters that will handle the estimated 2 million annual passengers and overall advanced facilities.
Currently, the number of passengers traveling through the airport per year amount to some 1.4 million with a growth rate of over 13 percent. By 2026, it is expected for the airport to be able to serve some two million passengers. During peak season, the airport is said to receive 200 aircraft per day (arriving and departing).
“A new jewel is being added to Mykonos that substantially upgrades the services the island provides to its millions of visitors who arrive mostly by air every year from all over the world,” the island’s mayor, Konstantinos Koukas said, underlining the importance of upgrading the island’s infrastructure with respect to its traditional architecture in order to maintain the destination’s identity.