Superfund: Tender for Greece’s 22 small airports to run as a cluster
The exploitation of the country's 22 small regional airports is in the pipeline. After the Kalamata airport process, the stage is set for the concession of 22 smaller airports within the next two months. As things seem, at this point, the country's 22 smaller airports will be awarded in a single package.
Yesterday, the Superfund unveiled the strategic plan of the for the years 2022-2024, including the studies that will lead to the optimal utilization model for the 22 regional airports, which remain under the management of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
As it appears, they will not break into different clusters, as thought until recently, but will all come out together in a single competitive concession process. As explained, this is preferred in order not to create groups of different speeds, resulting in weaker commercial airports being left unclaimed.
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For the fund this exploitation of the airports, according to Supefund head Mr. Dimitriadis, is a matter of overall regional development. The final decision is expected by the end of summer and beginning of autumn, when the relevant announcements are expected.
The tender for the Kalamata airport will run until August
There are a total of 23 state-owned airports in Greece that have not been granted to private individuals, with Kalamata airport being the jewel in this particular crown. Kalamata's "Captain Vassilis Konstantakopoulos" airport traffic has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, keeping up with tourist flows to the Costa Navarino resort.
For 2019, the last pre-Covid year, it handled 336,000, when in 2018 traffic was at 280,900, showing an increase of 20.3% and recording 310,000 foreign arrivals....