Kefalonia Airport Gets Makeover (photos)

Fraport Greece announced on Tuesday that it has started work on the development and upgrades of Kefalonia’s “Anna Pollatou” Airport.

The works that have already begun include the repair of the ATC tower; repairs on the existing main building; the replacement of the Flight Information Display Screens (FIDS units); cleaning of the air-side main drainage ditches, and major runway pavement upgrade works.

The company said the edges of the runway have exceeded their life cycle and the center of the runway has smoothness and friction problems so, it will proceed with the replacement of both the runway and the airport apron, with new high resistance asphalt layers.

Moreover, the new apron and runway markings would comply with the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification requirements.

Taking into consideration the work that has to be done, the Kefalonia airport will operate with limited runway functional length until the 20th December 2017.

The airport’s operation will not be interrupted as the part of the runway that remains functional has the capacity to serve all the expected types of airplanes, Fraport said.

The project is expected to be completed up until the summer of 2019, and includes:

-Demolition of the existing terminal and construction of a new one of 10.652 m2

-The construction of a new Airport Rescue Firefighting Station (ARFF)

-The installation of an automatic security check system for inspection of passenger luggage (HBS inline screening system)

-A new Wastewater Treatment Plant and relocation of the water and sanitation system

-Landscaping

The increase to the airport’s capacity will be: 12 instead of 7 check-in counters; 6 instead of 3 gates, and 4 instead of 2 control spots.

Source: ANA-MPA