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Title: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 09 September, 2014 @ 13:45:40
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The management of fourteen regional airports throughout Greece is set to be sold to private investors in the next two months, according to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) schedule.

The firms will take over the management for a duration of up to 50 years.

By September 30, binding offers from potential investors will be submitted to HRADF.

The first group includes the airports of Thessaloniki, Chania, Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Preveza and Kavala.
http://www.balkaneu.com/greece-set-privatize-fourteen-regional-airports-2014/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Mediterranean Man on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 11:24:53
Seems a little ambiguous!
Does the successful applicant get the freehold or leasehold on this sale?
Either way, there will undoubted be changes to the airport and the services provided.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Aristarches on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 15:22:22
Look on the Brightside: it can't be any worse.  Can it?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: expat on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 18:01:44
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Look on the Brightside: it can't be any worse.  Can it?
I have to agree, it is run like a pig in a poke!
There was an article in the Kef press describing the airport as a joke, shedloads of tourists in a long line waiting to get checked in, only one scanner working, rip off prices at the shop. I will give you an example, a packet of sweets, cost 2.40 euro, the same sweets in the uk, 5 packets for a nicker!
It cannot get any worse! so, a change may be for the better, who knows, lets hope so.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Bluenose on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 18:26:50
I do hope they manage to keep a place for the bird who makes the tanoy announcements with a gob full of moussaka. The look of utter bewilderment on various bods faces followed by a communal wot did she say is always good for a laugh as you sit on the floor waiting for your delay to run its course. Stroll on...
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Phil on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 18:44:21
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Look on the Brightside: it can't be any worse.  Can it?
I have to agree, it is run like a pig in a poke!
There was an article in the Kef press describing the airport as a joke, shedloads of tourists in a long line waiting to get checked in, only one scanner working, rip off prices at the shop. I will give you an example, a packet of sweets, cost 2.40 euro, the same sweets in the uk, 5 packets for a nicker!
It cannot get any worse! so, a change may be for the better, who knows, lets hope so.

Last July (our 18th visit to Kef) we had our best ever experience at the airport, on arrival and before departure.
The fact that we were on a small 140 seater plane and flying with Germania made a massive difference. Also there were no Monarch, TC or Thomson flights within an hour before or after our flights. Our luggage arrived within 5 minutes of us arriving at the terminal, and both suitcases were together on the carousel ...... the escalator was working too!!!
There was plenty of spare seating in the departure lounge despite us waiting outside in the fresh air until most people had gone through security.

However, I must agree about the rip off prices in the shop. I saw a couple spending over €10 for two small glasses of ouzo and about €10 for two cheese pies. They could have bought a 70 cl bottle of ouzo for less than €10 in the duty free shop.

You should have bought your sweets in the duty free?
 
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: expat on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 20:18:56
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You should have bought your sweets in the duty free?
No, I live here, so I bring them back from the uk, I like sweets :) The duty free prices are just the same as Kef shops, for cigs and booze (fixed)
Agree about the smaller planes, I use the crop sprayer to Athens, no problems at all, it is a very good experience, Thomson and Thomas cook will ram as many people as possible in departures, and still set off late!

Regarding the bird who makes the tannoy announcements, who taught her English, was it Rene or the policeman? :)
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 @ 23:05:59
Oh gosh, yes, it *could* get worse! I've used some tourist airports that make Kef airport seem extremely well organised. Without wishing to get political, privatisation doesn't always lead to higher standards or better service, IMO.

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Aristarches on Thursday, 11 September, 2014 @ 09:02:39
Oh gosh, yes, it *could* get worse! I've used some tourist airports that make Kef airport seem extremely well organised. Without wishing to get political, privatisation doesn't always lead to higher standards or better service, IMO.

Totally agree.  Did I hear someone say the railways?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Saturday, 11 October, 2014 @ 00:07:13
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Oct 10 (Reuters) - Greece has received three binding bids from foreign and Greek firms to lease 14 of the country's 39 regional airports under the country's asset sales plan, its privatisation agency HRADF said on Friday.

The deadline for bidding for the airports, which handled about 19.2 million tourists last year, expired at 1600 GMT on Friday.

The privatization agency said it would pick the winner by the end of November.

HRADF officials have said that would-be investors were expected to spend between 250 and 300 million euros (126 million US dollar) to upgrade the airports.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/greece-airport-idUSL6N0S50ZA20141010
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 21 November, 2014 @ 15:34:22
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According to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund... the tendering of 14 regional airports to the private sector is in the final stage. The contracts call for a total of 250 million euros΄ worth of investments within the first four years. Tenders for both technical and financial aspects - being opened Monday and Tuesday respectively - have been submitted by the consortiums Vinci Airports SAS-Aktor Concessions SA; Fraport AG-Slentel Ltd; Casa (Corporation America SA)-Metka SA.
 
Technical bids have been submitted for the airports of Thessaloniki, Corfu (Kerkyra), Chania, Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Aktio and Kavala. Tuesday΄s bids include the airports of the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Mytilini, Mykonos, Santorini and Skiathos.
 
Contracts will run to 40 years and investments related to upgrading and refurbishing of existing facilities must be completed within 20 months of the start date, while new projects and expansions must be completed in 48 months.
 
Regional airports will charge 14.50 euros per departing passenger until the upgrade projects are completed (13 euros in airport fee and 1.5 for security). After the works are completed, the ceiling for such a fee will be 20 euros per departing passenger, including the security charge.
 
The current Fee for Airports΄ Upgrading and Growth (known as "Spatosimo" after the location of the international airport), is currently set at 12 euros per departing passenger.
http://english.capital.gr/News.asp?id=2162993
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Friday, 21 November, 2014 @ 15:54:47
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Regional airports will charge 14.50 euros per departing passenger until the upgrade projects are completed (13 euros in airport fee and 1.5 for security).
After the works are completed, the ceiling for such a fee will be 20 euros per departing passenger, including the security charge.

Er....I'm no economist, so I don't understand the proposed "Spatosimo" arrangement.

As a layman, and as someone who'll be expected to stump up this charge, I'd have thought it more logical, if not more reasonable, to have the higher charge whilst the infrastucture improvements take place (capital costs) then the lower charge once everything was up and running (operating costs)

Yes, I know. It's Greece. ;-)
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: U4ea on Friday, 21 November, 2014 @ 17:14:33
How about 12€ to 20€ in one step is a bit much, so it goes to 15€ whilst we suffer the disruption of the upgrades and then to 20€ when we see the alleged benefits of said upgrades?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 21 November, 2014 @ 17:30:31
Er....I'm no economist, so I don't understand the proposed "Spatosimo" arrangement.

Phew! I'm not the only one!!  :pray:

Suspect U4ea's hit the nail on the head. If Kef airport wasn't a bit limited for space I'd suspect the benefits would include more shop units where we could pay outrageous prices for stuff available at less expense locally. As it is benefits could include... pay to park?

Edit: typo
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 @ 19:53:47
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FRANKFURT, Germany, November 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its partner Copelouzos Group have been selected as preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) for 14 regional airports in Greece, including Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki - Greece's second largest city - and Zakynthos. Combined, these airports served a total of about 19.1 million passengers in 2013. The total purchase price of 1,234 million euros will be paid by the time of closing, expected in the autumn of 2015. Fraport AG will hold a majority share in the consortium.

About Fraport

Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. Furthermore, Fraport is a competent partner in airport retailing and real estate development.

About Copelouzos

Copelouzos Group plays a leading role in the Greek market and comprises various companies, which are active in the most important business sectors in Greece and internationally.
http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/publicsiteContentFileAccess?fileContentId=1820936
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 @ 18:07:58
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FRANKFURT, Germany, November 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its partner Copelouzos Group have been selected as preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) for 14 regional airports in Greece, including Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki - Greece's second largest city - and Zakynthos. Combined, these airports served a total of about 19.1 million passengers in 2013. The total purchase price of 1,234 million euros will be paid by the time of closing, expected in the autumn of 2015. Fraport AG will hold a majority share in the consortium.

About Fraport

Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. Furthermore, Fraport is a competent partner in airport retailing and real estate development.

About Copelouzos

Copelouzos Group plays a leading role in the Greek market and comprises various companies, which are active in the most important business sectors in Greece and internationally.
http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/publicsiteContentFileAccess?fileContentId=1820936

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Currently, Fraport's international portfolio comprises 11 airports in Germany and around the globe.

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/11782405/fraport-consortium-wins-tender-for-14-greek-regional-airports

How is it that this (German) consortium can buy up all these airports and yet BAA had to sell off a lot of their holdings?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: U4ea on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 @ 18:22:26
Cos Fuehrer Merkel rules?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 @ 18:48:24
Because the Brits can fool the Kefs but not the world?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 30 July, 2015 @ 00:33:33
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Whether the deal to buy airports in popular tourist destinations, including Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Cephalonia, among others, will be completed is unclear, according to Fraport’s most recent quarterly report issued earlier this month.

The uncertainty unsurprisingly troubles administrative and operational employees at many of these airports. “We don’t know what will happen, or which of us might be affected, since the details and the specifics have not yet been determined,” said an administration official at the airport of the Ionian island of Cephalonia. “No one has said anything, for the time being.  We’re all uneasy.”  The small airport served 400,000 passengers last year.
http://americaprod.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/29/greek-fire-sale-privatization-to-prove-more-complicated.html
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 13 August, 2015 @ 21:19:14
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Greece will move rapidly to privatise its ports, regional airports and its power grid operator under a memorandum of understanding agreed with its international lenders.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/greece-will-rapidly-sell-ports-for-new-aid-347935.html
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 @ 13:24:21
Bit of conflicting news today:

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Port, Elliniko, regional airports to be fast-tracked by TAIPED

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) has said that three major privatization projects and several smaller ones are being fast-tracked by the government. The goal is to set the process in motion by October this year.

The first privatizations involve Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), the Elliniko development project and 14 regional airports.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/200636/article/ekathimerini/business/port-elliniko-regional-airports-to-be-fast-tracked-by-taiped


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Government completes privatization of regional airports

The privatization of the 14 regional airports has officially completed, after the Government Council for Economic Policy convened on the 13th of August and approved the transaction, which was subsequently published in the government gazette.

The 14 regional airports included in the deal are those of Thessaloniki, Kerkyra, Chania, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Aktio, Kavala, Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Mytilene, Myconos, Santorini, and Skiathos.
http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=730258
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 @ 16:56:13
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Athens sells to German firm rights to operate 14 regional airports

Greece has agreed to sell to a German company the rights to operate 14 regional airports. The deal is the first in a wave of privatizations the government had until recently opposed but needs to make to qualify for bailout loans.
 
The decision, which was published in the government gazette overnight Monday to Tuesday, would hand over the airports, including several on popular tourist island destinations, to Fraport AG, which runs Frankfurt Airport among others across the world.
 
The concession, worth 1.23 billion euros ($1.37 billion), is the first privatization decision taken by the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was elected in January on promises to repeal the conditions of Greece's previous two bailouts.


http://www.ekathimerini.com/200654/article/ekathimerini/business/athens-sells-to-german-firm-rights-to-operate-14-regional-airports

I think this probably repeats some of the stuff Maik posted above.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 @ 17:54:02
I think this probably repeats some of the stuff Maik posted above.

Yes, looks like Kathimerini has been brought up to speed, now someone just needs to tell TAIPED.
...Oh, they can read it in the media  :iroll:

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 @ 18:04:30
So much for free markets - one operator takes on 14 airports.   :oki:

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 16 September, 2015 @ 16:36:41
Quite an interesting article about Corfu airport, much of which probably also applies to Kef, in the
New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/business/international/fate-of-corfu-airport-puts-greek-bailout-deal-to-the-test.html).

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Sunday, 04 October, 2015 @ 19:11:56
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Airports contract to be signed by year-end
http://www.ekathimerini.com/202158/article/ekathimerini/business/airports-contract-to-be-signed-by-year-end
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 04 November, 2015 @ 16:01:41
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Government approves the privatization of regional airports
The concession deal with Fraport-Slentel involves an upfront payment of 1.2bn euros and investments

The joint venture has also committed to 330 million euros of investment in the first four years and a total of 1.4 billion for the remainder of the contract.
http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=751242
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 24 November, 2015 @ 01:40:20
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Greece’s airport deal with Frankfurt-based Fraport is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the transport company’s CEO, Dr. Stefan Schulte.

“Around autumn next year it could be that we will be ready to be active on site… and to bring in all those improvements we believe in”, Mr Schulte said.
http://news.gtp.gr/2015/11/20/fraport-airport-deal-greece-completed-q4-2016/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 08 December, 2015 @ 15:20:17
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Contract on regional airport privatization to be signed within ten days
http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=760219


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Representing the Ionian islands, the regional governor Theodoros Galiatsatos has launched an online referendum on whether Greece should privatize its regional airports.

The referendum question basically asks Greeks registered to vote in the Ionian Region to decide for or against (“Yes” or “No”) the privatization deal.

The referendum will run until December 27, 2015 (at 23.59).

Greeks registered to vote in the Ionian Region can cast their vote here (http://www.pin.gov.gr/poll).
http://news.gtp.gr/2015/12/08/ionian-launches-online-referendum-greeces-airport-deal/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 11 December, 2015 @ 00:43:54
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Airport deal signing is put off till next week

Sources say that the multimillion-euro agreement will be signed on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/204236/article/ekathimerini/business/airport-deal-signing-is-put-off-till-next-week
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Monday, 14 December, 2015 @ 14:45:42
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Greece signs major privatisation deal with Germany's Fraport

ATHENS/BERLIN, Dec 14 Greece's leftist government on Monday signed its first big privatisation deal with German airport operator Fraport, awarding it a 1.2 billion euro contract to lease and manage 14 regional airports.

Fraport and its Greek partner, energy firm Copelouzos, will lease and manage 14 provincial airports in popular tourist islands... for 40 years. It will also invest 330 million euros by 2020, to upgrade facilities.
http://www.reuters.com/article/eurozone-greece-privatisation-idUSL8N1431P720151214
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 15 December, 2015 @ 10:30:09
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However, for the contracts to be activated there are certain conditions that remain to be fulfilled. These concern the approval of the contracts by the European Commission and their ratification by the Greek Parliament, the issue of a presidential decree confirming the airports’ zoning plans, the delivery of the airports by the Civil Aviation Authority to the preferred bidder, and of a number of letters of guarantee to the state, and the payment of the lump sum payment of 1.23 billion euros. The deal is expected to be finalized by October or November 2016, after the end of the peak tourism season for Greece.

Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis reiterated his disapproval of the deal despite putting his signature on it: ”I continue to disagree with the way the concession of the 14 airports was conducted. However, this is among the commitments the country has made,” he said, adding that he had signed the contract with “much pain.”
http://www.ekathimerini.com/204347/article/ekathimerini/business/airports-conceded-to-fraport
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 @ 18:13:36
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Fraport introduces 13 euro charge for tickets at regional airports
The charge can be maintained for 4 years, while the company must carry out 330 million euros of investments

German company Fraport, which recently acquired the management of 14 regional airports for 40 years, will introduce a 13-euro charge for all tickets at these airports.

According to the agreement, the charge can be maintained for about 4 years, during which point the German company must carry out investments worth 330 million euros at the 14 airports. After the investments have been completed, the German company can increase this ticket charge up to 18 euros.
http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=824736


Not clear whether this is an entirely new charge, some sources suggest there's already a charge of 12€ per pax travelling within the Schengen area, 22€ travelling outside.
 :dunno:
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Thursday, 01 September, 2016 @ 17:37:35
Airport charge will go down, not increase, says TAIPED...

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Airport charges per passenger will be reduced at the 14 airports that the Fraport-Sentel consortium is set to undertake this year, as well as all other airports operated by the state, according to state privatization fund TAIPED.

In response to reports of possible charge hikes, the fund said that the average charge at state-operated Greek airports today amounts to 12.70 euros per departing passenger. The maximum airport charge per passenger provided by the concession contract with the consortium amounts to 13 euros per passenger, including the charge for the modernization and development of airports (TEAA). It could rise to 18.50 euros once the airport investments are completed.

At present, passengers on flights heading outside the European Union pay a charge of 22 euros, and those within the EU pay 12 euros each. TAIPED announced this will be immediately reduced to a flat rate of 12 euros for every flight, applying to departures from all Greek airports up until October 2024, before dropping to 3 euros from November 1, 2024.

Meanwhile, the Infrastructure Ministry is yet to transform the Civil Aviation Authority into an independent body, which is a necessary condition for the transfer of the 14 airports to the Fraport-led consortium, which must be completed by the end of the year.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/211649/article/ekathimerini/business/airport-charge-will-go-down-not-increase-says-taiped
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 20 October, 2016 @ 17:58:57
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Fraport shares its plans for air terminals

Fraport Greece will implement investments of 400 million euros at the 14 regional airports it has leased in the next four years, the company’s executive director of commercial and business development, George Vilos, told a Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) conference earlier this week.

Vilos estimated that Fraport will have started procedures for the undertaking of the airports’ management by the end of January. The company has already identified most of the needs of each terminal, either for the upgrading of infrastructure or for their expansion (or both).

Vilos also announced the creation of modern shopping centers within the terminals, rivaling those at airports abroad as well as Athens International Airport.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/212999/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-shares-its-plans-for-air-terminals


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Fraport Greece plans to invest more than 400 million euros by 2021 for the upgrading and expansion of the facilities in the 14 airports that are expected to come under its management by the end of January.

This was announced by George Vilos... According to him... the passenger fee at the regional airports will be 13 euros, which is the price set by the concession agreements ratified in Greek parliament.

Nowadays the average airport fee at regional airports, which includes a charge for using the airport and a “modernization and development tax” (spatosimo), is some 12,7 euros per departing passenger.

Fraport's executive director clarified that the 13-euro fee will include all charges (including the spatosimo) and remain fixed for a period of four years in which time Fraport will be required to implement investments totalling 330 million euros at the airports it manages.

Once investments are completed, the charge can increase up to 18,5 euros, he added.
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/new-investments/19549-fraport-greece-e400-million-investments-in-14-regional-airports-by-2021-50-000-resumes-for-500-positions.html


No specific mention of Kef. I gather from the grapevine that CPOs are being sought for bits of land around the airport. For "the creation of modern shopping centers within the terminals"?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Thursday, 20 October, 2016 @ 20:32:44
If MAN is anything to go by* that should be "shopping centres instead of terminals

 :bleh:

Tony

* ? go by = Go Buy.  Think I should copyright that slogan!
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 18 November, 2016 @ 16:51:36
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Fraport gears up for busier airports

Fraport Greece, the local subsidiary of the German transport firm that is due to take over the management of 14 regional airports from the start of next year, is in advanced talks with foreign airline companies and tour operators in a bid to ensure that there will be an increase in passenger traffic from next year.

Fraport Greece’s biggest challenge is not just to increase passenger numbers but also to extend the tourism season. The latter will not be down just to the company’s actions or investment efforts.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/213834/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-gears-up-for-busier-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 @ 17:21:29
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Priority will be given to Hania (Chania), Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu and Kos, all pre-eminent and world-class holiday destinations.
http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/transport/airlines/20685-fraport-revs-up-hirings-before-assuming-management-of-14-greek-airports.html


No second runway for Kef airport, then!?!  :iroll:
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 @ 17:48:53
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Greece's regional airports are turning to SITA's common-use terminal equipment (CUTE) technology to help them increase their passenger processing efficiency.

According to SITA, the implementation will allow airlines to work seamlessly at the Fraport Greece airports by sharing check-in desks, kiosks and boarding areas while accessing their own airline-specific systems.

Alexander Zinell, CEO of Fraport Greece, says: "Our aim is to reposition the 14 airports as modern, competitive gateways that support the growth of the regions and the country’s tourism industry overall. Technology will play a central role in achieving our vision for an improved passenger experience."

Fraport Greece is currently working on development plans for the 14 airports that take into consideration the specific needs of each location.
http://www.airport-world.com/news/general-news/5937-greece-s-regional-airports-to-install-common-use-check-in-technology.html
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 13 December, 2016 @ 17:07:21
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Transport Ministry underlines that the airport deal is not at risk

The Ministry of Transport has issued a statement underlining that the concession agreement for 14 regional airports is not at risk, due to the works carried out at the Macedonia airport of Thessaloniki.
http://www.tovima.gr/en/article/?aid=851351


Apparently Fraport have threatened to pull out of the deal, according to eKathimerini.com (http://www.ekathimerini.com/214516/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-threat-to-put-off-works-at-thessaloniki-airport)
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 24 January, 2017 @ 12:10:47
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Regional Greek Airport Hand-over to Fraport Stalls

The transfer of management of 14 Greek airports to German transport company Fraport has been delayed with a potential due date set for mid-March, according to the latest media reports.

According to capital.gr news site, both parties — Fraport and the Greek government — have agreed to defer the takeover date due to incomplete implementation of technical requirements which are set to ensure a smooth procedure.

According to the 1.2 billion euro concession deal, the 14 regional airports were expected to come under Fraport’s management by the end of this month.

The German operator, which already employs 400 people in Greece, has said it plans to invest over 400 million euros by 2021 for the upgrade and expansion of the facilities at the 14 airports. First on the company’s agenda is the Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki, which it aims to transform into the company’s flagship.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/01/23/regional-greek-airport-hand-fraport-stalls/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 08 February, 2017 @ 18:27:53
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Fraport secures bank financing for the 14 airports

Fraport Greece has reached an agreement with four international credit institutions and a local bank for the financing of the privatization project by the German-led consortium concerning 14 regional airports around Greece, according to banking sources.

The funding will go toward both the one-off down payment (the “acquisition facility”) and an amount set aside for investments in infrastructure (the “capital expenditure facility”), according to banking sources from abroad. At the same time, significant issues that are the responsibility of the state remain unresolved – such as the staffing of the airports’ medical offices with doctors and nurses – that might cause problems to the March 15 transfer deadline.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/215988/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-secures-bank-financing-for-the-14-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 09 February, 2017 @ 16:50:12
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German-Greek consortium Fraport Greece will officially take over the management of 14 regional airports in Greece on March 15, an official of the company told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/02/08/fraport-greece-take-14-greek-airports-march-15
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 23 February, 2017 @ 17:12:36
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First-aid stumbling block for regional airport delivery to Fraport

The issue of first-aid services is threatening to further delay the delivery date of 14 regional airports to contractor Fraport Greece, currently set for mid-March.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/216438/article/ekathimerini/business/first-aid-stumbling-block-for-regional-airport-delivery-to-fraport
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 13:19:35
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Fraport Greece signs contract for fire safety services

Fraport Greece signed a contract with the Greek state for fire safety services in all 14 regional airports to be managed by Fraport under a 40-year concession agreement.

Under the terms of the contract, Fraport Greece will be responsible for offering fire safety services in airports, directly or through a professional service. A total of 540 fire fighters from the Hellenic Fire Service and the Air Force will be stationed at the 14 airports, according to international and national standards and the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
http://int.ert.gr/fraport-greece-signs-contract-for-fire-safety-services/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 15:58:43
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Fraport Greece signs contract for fire safety services

A total of 540 fire fighters from the Hellenic Fire Service and the Air Force will be stationed at the 14 airports, according to international and national standards and the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

That's an average of over 38 fire fighters at each airport. A tad excessive perhaps?
Perhaps in the event of an incident, a fire tender will arrive with firefighters hanging off every corner, a la Keystone Cops
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 17:41:33
38 average, allowing for annual leave, days off and maybe a 3 shift system leaves around 9 on duty per time per airport on average?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 18:07:05
38 average, allowing for annual leave, days off and maybe a 3 shift system leaves around 9 on duty per time per airport on average?

3 shifts? at Kef airport?

Like most of the island airports, the flights are scheduled over a couple of busy periods a day, probably 4 - 6 hrs in total - and that's only during holiday season. The rest of the year that would be 1 - 2 hrs
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 20:34:59
You started the average bit.........plus in the summer if you have Athens in at 07.00 and Ryannair or similar leaving at 22.00............in their downtime they can always chop some car batteries.......
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Saturday, 25 February, 2017 @ 20:57:23
Plus don't forget the military fighters practising touch and gos etc Tuesdays & Thursdays all year, unplanned flights such as medevacs, etc etc etc........
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Tuesday, 07 March, 2017 @ 08:30:20
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ATHENS, March 6 (Reuters) - Fraport Greece, majority owned by Germany's Fraport, said on Monday it has raised 620 million euros in a share offering bringing it closer to a deal to manage 14 regional Greek airports.
Fraport signed a 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) deal in 2015 to operate the provincial airports on tourist islands including Corfu and Santorini, and has established an airport management company in Athens.
It is expected to begin operating the airports in March.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4286126/Fraport-Greece-raises-620-mln-euros-share-offering.html
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Monday, 13 March, 2017 @ 13:41:14
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Fraport, Greek Police (EL.AS) sign contract on security, policing of 14 regional airports

A detailed contract between Greek Police (EL.AS) and the German-Greek consortium set to acquire a 40-year concession for the management  of 14 provincial airports around Greece was finalized and signed late last week.

Fraport Greece will assume the management of the airports serving Thessaloniki, Corfu, Hania (Chania), Cephallonia, Zakynthos, Aktio (Preveza), Kavala, Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Mytilene (Lesvos), Mykonos, Santorini and Skiathos.

Law enforcement issues are among the last to be finalized, with EL.AS tasked with overall security and policing of facilities, along with traffic management and passport control, as foreseen in Greek law and under the concession contract.

On its part, Fraport Greece will provide space, equipment and future consideration for an expansion of relevant police facilities and offices.

Baggage, mail and cargo screening will be contracted by Fraport to outside providers

Priority will be given to Hania (Chania) on Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu and Kos, all pre-eminent and world-class holiday destinations.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1213305/fraport-greek-police-elas-sign-contract-on-security-policing-of-14-regional-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 @ 12:29:18
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German-Greek consortium Fraport Greece will officially take over the management of 14 regional airports in Greece on March 15, an official of the company told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/02/08/fraport-greece-take-14-greek-airports-march-15


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The transfer of management of 14 Greek airports to German transport company Fraport has once again been delayed.

According to the German Press Agency (dpa), the date of March 15 which was set by the company as the day of the take over, cannot be met.

A spokesman of Fraport on Monday confirmed to dpa that the completion of the process is expected in the coming weeks.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/03/14/fraport-take-14-greek-airports-next-weeks


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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.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/216884/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-to-receive-14-airports-over-easter
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 @ 14:50:51
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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.

Yep, that will be Easter next year then.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Saturday, 18 March, 2017 @ 12:40:51
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EU Commission approves 14 Greek airports transfer to German Fraport AG
https://www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-commission-approves-14-greek-airports-transfer-german-fraport-ag/


No great surprise there.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 @ 17:18:53
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Deal on regional airports cleared for takeoff

The last obstacle blocking the implementation of the concession of 14 regional airports to Fraport Greece has been removed after the state finally signed on Monday the agreement with the consortium for the National First Aid Center (EKAB) to provide first-aid services at the terminals.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/217037/article/ekathimerini/business/deal-on-regional-airports-cleared-for-takeoff
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 @ 17:37:27
According to local sources it's going to get a "new terminal" and a revamped existing terminal - sounds a bit of a contradiction, we'll see.  Artists impression below, looks like a revamp of the existing terminal... though maybe not before this Easter.

(http://goinggreek.info/gallery/1_22_03_17_5_31_18.jpeg)

So far as travellers are concerned, plans to increase the number of gates from three to six and check-in desks from seven to twelve.

No mention (as yet) of the improved shopping experience.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 @ 18:26:32
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Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports

Immediate actions that will be implemented at the airports as soon as Fraport Greece takes over operations before the launch of the summer season include:
- General clean-up
- Improving lighting, marking of airside areas
- Upgrading sanitary facilities
- Enhancing services and offering new free Internet connection (WiFi)
- Implementing works to improve fire safety in all the areas of the airports

Fraport Greece’s major development works to be implemented during the first four years of the concession period include building five new passenger terminals – at the airports in Thessaloniki, Kerkira (Corfu), Kefalonia, Kos, and Mytilene (Lesvos) – and modifications at other airports.

Refurbishment projects at the 14 airports will be implemented for: all 15 runways, the existing terminals (200,000 m2 in total), sanitary facilities (10,000 m2 in total), 14 fire stations, airport apron areas, and 100 diesel generators. . Baggage screening systems featuring the latest technology (inline system) will be installed at all of the airports.

Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

• New terminal
• HBS (Hold Baggage Screening Systems) inline screening
• Relocating the waste water treatment plant
• Reorganizing the airport apron area
• Refurbishing airside pavement
• 71 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 7 to 12)
• 100 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 6)
• Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 4)
http://www.fraport-greece.com/eng/media-center/news/fraport-greeces-development-plan-for-the-new-era-at-the-greek-regional-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 @ 19:53:43
Could be an improvement.  We shall see.

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Thursday, 23 March, 2017 @ 08:12:43
I don't see how a new terminal could be built where the existing one is, because airport operations need to continue. I always suspected that the old one would be revamped and a new terminal would be built separately. Maybe that is what the wording suggests.

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• New Terminal
 • Expansion and renovation of the terminal
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Post by: TonyD on Friday, 24 March, 2017 @ 09:57:10

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Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports


Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

• 71 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 7 to 12)
• 100 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 6)
• Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 4)


Sounds good....but what's the incentive for the airlines to actually staff them?

In my admittedly limited experience, the existing desks have very rarely all been manned.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Friday, 24 March, 2017 @ 18:47:04

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Fraport Greece’s Development Plan for the New Era at the Greek Regional Airports


Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

• 71 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 7 to 12)
• 100 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 3 to 6)
• Doubling the number of security-check lanes (from 2 to 4)


Sounds good....but what's the incentive for the airlines to actually staff them?

In my admittedly limited experience, the existing desks have very rarely all been manned.

Good points !! :btu:

We have seen them all staffed on very rare occasions, e.g. when their have been 4 flights due to check in as a result of delays.

What would be nice would be if when you checked your bags they could just whisk them away withouit us having to lug them through the other queues to the single baggage scanner.

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Saturday, 25 March, 2017 @ 13:46:10

I don't see how a new terminal could be built where the existing one is, because airport operations need to continue. I always suspected that the old one would be revamped and a new terminal would be built separately. Maybe that is what the wording suggests.


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• New Terminal
 • Expansion and renovation of the terminal


 :hmm: According to Fraport, just a new terminal.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Saturday, 25 March, 2017 @ 13:57:17
I heard someone describing it as getting new "wings". Quite appropriate.......
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: kef97 on Saturday, 25 March, 2017 @ 15:54:53
What about improving the car parking? No mention of that!
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Ian_E on Saturday, 25 March, 2017 @ 16:25:41
They could improve the car parking, by spotting the hire companies parking the hire cars within the terminal grounds
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Saturday, 25 March, 2017 @ 19:09:58
One of the car hire parking areas opposite is now public parking. Much more offsite parking for hire cars with new bitsrghet of land all the time. Allegedly they will bring a car down just when the hirer is about to land. Difficult to enforce plus when the hirer returns it......Also need to target the Brits who leave their cars there for 2-3 weeks whilst they return "home"..........
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Ian_E on Sunday, 26 March, 2017 @ 22:30:18
Hate to say this but, maybe it's an idea to charge for car parking space within the airport boundary, then again that maybe on the way after it changing hands
 
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Monday, 27 March, 2017 @ 12:52:03
Wouldn't be a great surprise if a parking charge is introduced. It might help the car park congestion. Latest news:

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In the first four years of its 40-year contract with the Greek state, Fraport Greece is planning to invest a sum of 400 million euros in the 14 regional airports it will take control of next month, according to the investment plan it released on Wednesday. The amount announced is 70 million euros higher than what the contract required.

Almost a quarter of the investment (95 million euros) will go toward upgrading Thessaloniki’s Makedonia airport, the second biggest in Greece. The plan also provides for the construction of five new terminal buildings – at Thessaloniki, Corfu, Cephalonia (Argostoli), Kos and Lesvos (Mytilene).
http://www.ekathimerini.com/217098/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-spending-for-first-4-years-up-by-70-mln
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Monday, 27 March, 2017 @ 13:04:35
No mention (as yet) of the improved shopping experience.


Here we go...

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Fraport Greece and Dufry’s subsidiary “Hellenic Duty Free Shops” signed a 30 years contract covering 14 Greek airports

The 30 years agreement contemplates more than a doubling of the current retail space from 5,000 m2 to over 12,000 m2. Dufry will have the exclusivity for airside retail activities at the airports and is committed to deliver outstanding service levels for Greek and international passengers alike.

Dufry, through its subsidiary Hellenic Duty Free Shops, signed an agreement with Fraport Greece for the exclusive operation of airside retail activities at 14 Greek airports. The 30-year agreement also foresees an important expansion of the retail space resulting in more than a doubling of the current shop space of 5,000 m2 to over 12,000 m2.
http://www.fraport-greece.com/eng/media-center/news/fraport-greece-and-dufrys-subsidiary-hellenic-duty-free-shops-signed-a-0-years-contract-covering-14-greek-airports---


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Fraport Greece and Intrakat Sign Agreements for Construction Projects at the 14 Regional Airports

Fraport Greece and Intrakat have signed two EPC (engineering, planning and construction) agreements totaling 357 million euros (plus value-added tax) for implementing construction studies and works at the 14 Greek regional airports. 

The first EPC agreement with the Greek-based Intrakat includes seven airports:   Thessaloniki and Kavala on the mainland, along with Chania on Crete, and airports on the Ionian Islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Kerkira and Aktion.
http://www.fraport-greece.com/eng/media-center/news/fraport-greece-and-intrakat-sign-agreements-for-construction-projects-at-the-14-regional-airports

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 30 March, 2017 @ 16:56:05
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‘Spatosimo’ Air Passenger Fee Now €12 for All Greek Airports

To date, the fee passengers had to pay — known as the “modernization and development airport tax” (widely referred to as spatosimo in Greek) — depended on their final destination. It was 12 euros for passengers traveling from Greece to airports in Schengen countries and would reach 22 euros for passengers travelling to countries outside Schengen.

According to the amendment, the new fee will be imposed once the 14 Greek regional airports begin operating under new management and will remain until November 1, 2024. The fee will then drop to a flat rate of three euros per passenger for departure from all airports in Greece.

Moreover, the spatosimo will now be charged on children passengers over two years old. Until today the fee was imposed on children over five years of age.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/03/29/spatosimo-air-passenger-fee-12-greek-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 @ 17:38:33
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Fraport is in for a hard landing at 14 airports

Greek aviation industry professionals are concerned about nasty surprises during the delivery of 14 regional airports conceded to the Fraport consortium this month.

The main cause for concern is reportedly the behavior of a number of employees, who are said to be refusing to familiarize incoming Fraport staff with the infrastructure and the engineering and electronic facilities. This is increasing the risk that certain problems may arise in areas such as the supply of power and light, in passenger service systems and so on, aviation sources warn.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/217363/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-is-in-for-a-hard-landing-at-14-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 11 April, 2017 @ 16:30:35
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State finally hands over control of 14 regional airports to Fraport

The management and operation of 14 regional Greek airports will be handed over to Fraport Greece on Tuesday, when the German-Greek consortium will also make a one-off payment of 1.2 billion euros to state sell-off fund TAIPED.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/217603/article/ekathimerini/business/state-finally-hands-over-control-of-14-regional-airports-to-fraport

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 11 April, 2017 @ 17:02:05
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Major upgrades and "facelifts" are expected to begin within the month at all 14 of the airports, with work to expand infrastructure set to begin after the peak summer season.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1223814/privatization-milestone-handover-of-14-regional-airports-around-greece-commences
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017 @ 13:38:38
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Greece’s Fraport-managed Airports Get New Websites

German-Greek consortium Fraport Greece has launched websites for the 14 regional airports on the Greek mainland and popular holiday islands that are now under its management. Until now, online information for the majority of the specific airports was provided by the website of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

The new websites contain destination presentations and useful information for passengers for flight schedules, access and facilities.

Users will also find info on matters relating to customs controls but also for more specific issues such as traveling with medical devices and pets.
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/04/13/greeces-fraport-managed-airports-new-websites


Kef airport website: https://www.efl-airport.gr/en
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Ian_E on Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 @ 10:29:05
The interesting bit on the web site it says there is free wifi now...

Anyone confirm ?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Bell on Thursday, 20 April, 2017 @ 10:13:46
There is also a security guard checking cars that are parked at the airport and especially people who park up and take a flight and leave the car there for days. Also I think checking on hire cars that are left there for collection at night and taking all the spaces for people who need to park to pick up arriving passengers.Don't think any action will be taken yet but notices put on the windscreens.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Friday, 21 April, 2017 @ 12:17:20
There is also a security guard checking cars that are parked at the airport and especially people who park up and take a flight and leave the car there for days. Also I think checking on hire cars that are left there for collection at night and taking all the spaces for people who need to park to pick up arriving passengers.Don't think any action will be taken yet but notices put on the windscreens.

It is about time they did something about the inconsiderate people who use the parking spaces for days/weeks while they are away. I am sure the new airport operator will do something about this and the hire cars, but it might take a while yet.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Ian_E on Sunday, 23 April, 2017 @ 10:22:09
http://www.inkefalonia.gr/toyrismos/52024-afksiseis-fotia-gia-tis-epixeiriseis-sto-aerodromio-tis-kefalonias-me-to-perasma-sti-fraport

Fancy that, they are putting the prices up, there is already a number of empty units, they might get a few more...

"Increases starting at 1,500 euros per month and reach even much higher prices. For example, a car rental company will have to pay monthly rent significantly higher than the approximately 3,500 euro paid in the past, while you have to give a percentage of the turnover of the FRAPORT! Πηγή: www.inkefalonia.gr"
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Thursday, 04 May, 2017 @ 08:27:57
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Zinell said Fraport Greece plans to build five new terminal stations in the next four years, among them Corfu, adding: “It is not necessary to have new airport facilities everywhere, but in the next four years we will build five new terminal stations and Corfu will be among them. At the same time, we will make dramatic changes to the remaining airports to bring them to a whole new level”.

https://www.thenationalherald.com/160512/fraport-greece-presents-plans-corfu-airport/

I wonder how Fraport will feel about Kefalonia Airport's resident dog? I hope she doesn't get evicted.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maarm on Thursday, 04 May, 2017 @ 10:55:17
Do we start the petition now?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 @ 15:22:15
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Amendment ratifying Fraport regional airports agreement tabled in Parliament
http://www.amna.gr/en/article/164255/Amendment-ratifying-Fraport-regional-airports-agreement-tabled-in-Parliament

First, sign agreement. Then get Parliament's approval. Way it reads to me.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 @ 19:25:30
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Hellenic Duty Free Shops (HDFS) has revealed it is motivated by plans to modernise its other stores in the country after showcasing its Schengen duty-free store and store boutiques at Athens International airport late last month.

HDFS signed an agreement with Fraport Greece for a 30-year contract in March, covering 14 Greek airports including... Kefalonia.

Hellenic Duty Free Shops CEO George Velentzas told DFNIonline the agreement will allow the retailer to “design spacious, stylish and wide product-variety stores”, as it was not satisfied it was able to provide to the airports due to space constraints.

“To many of the 14 airports the situation up to today is unacceptable. You cannot actually set up a decent store in 40-50sq m of commercial space, as in locations like Mykonos and Santorini airports. This will offer us an opportunity for development.”
http://www.dfnionline.com/latest-news/retail/hellenic-looks-modernise-stores-greece-athens-launch-15-06-2017/


Think it's HDFS who already operate the 'duty paid' shop in Kef airport but sounds as though they want to expand it. I've heard Kef airport will be getting a Goody's Burger House (http://www.goodysburgerhouse.com/en/) / Flocafe (http://www.flocafe.gr/?lang=en) / Everest (https://www.everest.gr/)
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Friday, 23 June, 2017 @ 20:28:10
Wot... all of them?!

 :flyer:

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 31 August, 2017 @ 20:19:06
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AirHelp Assesses Greek Airports Under Fraport Management

Kefalonia airport saw an 8.88 percent decline in its “on time” performance rating
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/08/30/airhelp-assesses-greek-airports-fraport-management
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 05 September, 2017 @ 23:07:11
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Siemens to upgrade baggage handling systems at 13 Greek airports

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been contracted to modernize the baggage handling systems at 13 out of the 14 regional airports operated by Fraport Greece.

To thoroughly modernize the baggage handling systems, Siemens is installing equipment including the latest VarioBelt conveyors, vertical sortation units (VSUs) and horizontal diverting units (HDU). Siemens is integrating Standard 3 x-ray equipment for hold baggage screening (HBS) to further improve security. The scope of delivery also includes smart SCADA software for monitoring and controlling the technical processes. Apart from that, passengers will benefit from modern, attractive check-ins in the departures areas and ergonomic VarioCarousel baggage reclaims in the arrival halls.
http://www.passengerterminaltoday.com/viewnews.php?NewsID=87129

From what I can make out, Kef is one of the 13
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Jolly Roger on Wednesday, 06 September, 2017 @ 08:35:05
What a surprise, contracts being given to German companies.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 07 September, 2017 @ 02:24:31
Now, now, Roger. Siemens are a very reputable company.

At Siemens, Bribery Was Just a Line Item (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/business/worldbusiness/21siemens.html)

Greece indicts 13 Germans over Siemens bribery scandal (http://www.dw.com/en/greece-indicts-13-germans-over-siemens-bribery-scandal/a-18304651)

Former Siemens Executive Pleads Guilty to Argentina Bribery Charges (https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-siemens-executive-pleads-guilty-to-argentina-bribery-charges-1443649567)

Siemens healthcare unit probed by China regulator for bribery (http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption-siemens-idUKKBN0NO01120150503)

Siemens to pay Israel $43 mln to settle bribery case (http://www.reuters.com/article/israel-siemens-idUSL5N17Z2N6)

All in the past, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 13 September, 2017 @ 20:20:06
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Greece's relevant minister on Tuesday took aim at one of only a handful of landmark privatizations finalized under the current leftist-rightist coalition government's watch, saying the consortium that took over 14 regional airports hasn't done a better job so far than the previous state-run managements.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1275653/minister-rails-over-fraports-management-of-14-recently-privatized-airports-company-issues-point-by-point-denial
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Monday, 06 November, 2017 @ 12:33:08
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Fraport Greece Airports Boost Parent Company Profits

Fraport Greece has boosted German operator Fraport’s turnover by approximately 181.4 million euros since April, when it took over 14 regional airports, the company said on Thursday.

Of the 14 regional airports, Mykonos recorded the largest increase in traffic in the nine-month period at 19.3 percent, followed by Kos (18.5 percent). Zakynthos (16.4 percent), Samos (14.7 percent), Kefalonia (13.7 percent), Thessaloniki (13.3 percent), Kavala (12.2 percent) and Santorini (12 percent).
http://news.gtp.gr/2017/11/03/fraport-greece-airports-boost-parent-company-profits
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 @ 22:49:22
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Fraport Greece has launched the development works at Kefalonia "Anna Pollatou" airport

Major works on the runway’s pavement, the ATC Tower and the airport’s main building are in progress. Project expected to be completed in the summer of 2019, with the construction of the new Terminal.

21.11.2017

Following Mykonos airport, Fraport Greece has started the implementation of major works for the development and upgrade of the Kefalonia airport.

The works that have already started include: a) the repair of the ATC tower, b) repairs on the existing main building (waterproofing, walls, foundation etc.), c) the replacement of the Flight Information Display Screens (FIDS units), d) cleaning of the airside main drainage ditches, e) major runway pavement upgrade works.

As the edges of the runway have exceeded their life cycle and the center of the runway has smoothness and friction problems, Fraport Greece is proceeding 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 to the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification requirements.

Taking into consideration the needs of the runway’s upgrading works, 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.

The project is expected to be completed 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

Regarding the increase of airport’s capacity, the check-in counters will be increased by 71% (12 instead of 7 existing today), while the airport’s gates double (6 instead of 3 today). The security and control spots will reach 4 from 2 today.
http://www.fraport-greece.com/eng/media-center/news/fraport-greece-has-launched-the-development-works-at-kefalonia-anna-pollatou-airport
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 @ 11:24:27
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Fraport Greece has launched the development works at Kefalonia "Anna Pollatou" airport

Major works on the runway’s pavement, the ATC Tower and the airport’s main building are in progress.
Project expected to be completed in the summer of 2019, with the construction of the new Terminal.


Additional check-in desks, and a doubling of security check points, is a long overdue upgrade.
But no specific mention of addressing the squeezing of a quart into a pint pot, that is the current departure lounge experience.

Hopefully, the new terminal building mentioned will address this issue. Time will tell.
With a projected "Summer 2019" end to the upgrades it's fingers crossed time for 2018 travel


Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maarm on Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 @ 15:17:23
I didn't see any special arrangements made for Bella the airport dog  :hmm:
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 @ 18:47:43
Is that the security person who looks like Eddie Izzard?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 23 November, 2017 @ 02:36:47
the squeezing of a quart into a pint pot

I think that's the problem. Maybe the first floor will be more utilised for travellers? But no runway extension and, presumably, still a maximum of three 'planes on the apron. As you say, fingers crossed for users in summer 2018.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Friday, 24 November, 2017 @ 13:37:33
It's an extraordinary amount of work, more or less a complete re-build of the airport.  It includes:

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

which means the departure area could be a lot bigger.

Summer 2018 will be pretty difficult.

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 24 November, 2017 @ 15:48:22
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New terminal
Expanding terminal by 10,294 m2 and remodeling current terminal
http://www.fraport-greece.com/eng/airport-profiles/kefalonia

 :dunno:
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Friday, 02 March, 2018 @ 15:44:19
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Fraport Greece invests in fire safety

Fraport Greece has procured 10 new fire trucks of a total value of 4 million euros, custom- built for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) purposes. This investment significantly improves fire safety at the regional airports operated by the company since April 2017.

The purchase is taking place within the context of the general overhaul and complete modernisation of the 14 regional airports by Fraport Greece.

The first three Rescue and Firefighting Vehicles have already been shipped to our airports in Thessaloniki, Kefalonia and Rhodes.

Furthermore, Fraport Greece also undertook the cost for the initial training of the firefighting personnel, as well as the replacement cost of personal protective equipment amounting to approximately 800,000 euros.
https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/fraport-greece-invests-in-fire-safety
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 @ 10:34:24
And Ryanair aren't happy...

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Ryanair unhappy with expected rate hikes at 14 Fraport-managed airports around Greece

Ryanair's displeasure with looming rate hikes at 14 regional airports managed by a Fraport-led consortium came this week from official lips, with the low-cost airliner's chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, complaining that the hikes impede growth in Greece's air travel sector, especially during off-season months.

Higher rates at the 14 regional airports around Greece are reportedly expected as of April 1, 2018.

Among others, O’Brien claimed that a 90-euro fee charged for the presence of a fire engine during a plane's refueling, and when the boarding of passengers is taking place simultaneously, does not exist anywhere else except Greece.

Low-cost carriers, he said, regularly board passengers when refueling.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1327423/ryanair-unhappy-with-expected-rate-hikes-at-14-fraport-managed-airports-around-greece
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Monday, 12 March, 2018 @ 20:28:22
Link below shows photos of work taking place at airport...

http://www.kefaloniapress.gr/2018/03/12/h-fraport-xekinise-to-ergo-tis-epektasis-toy-kentrikoy-ktirioy-toy-aerodromioy-kefalonias-anna-pollatoy/
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Sunday, 18 March, 2018 @ 19:02:08
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Fraport Greece: Renovations, upgrades at all 14 regional airports completed by 2021

Germany's Fraport, the lead partner in the Fraport Greece consortium, said renovations and upgrades at half of the 14 airports it manages in the east Mediterranean country will have been completed by mid 2019.

The German company added that another four airport renovation projects, out of the total of 14 facilities around Greece, will be ready by 2020, and the rest by the summer of 2021.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1330765/fraport-greece-renovations-upgrades-at-all-14-regional-airports-completed-by-2021


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Landing, Parking Fees Set To Rise at 14 Greek Airports

Landing and parking fees at the 14 international airports in Greece managed by Fraport are set to increase—and, in some cases, double—starting April 1.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2018-03-14/landing-parking-fees-set-rise-14-greek-airports

Haven't found any up-to-date info on when work at Kef airport will be completed. Looks (to me) as though Kef will 'escape' with a (comparatively) low increase for landing.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Friday, 23 March, 2018 @ 19:04:43
Am guessing the full runway is available again with an A320 just landing & departing.....
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Sunday, 15 April, 2018 @ 21:54:43
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Changing the face of regional airports

Although the main construction work is set to begin after September in order to avoid creating problems for passengers during the summer season, the aim is to have seven of the 14 airports ready next year. The head of Fraport Greece and of parent company Fraport AG, Stefan Schulte, recently said that the timetable provides for the airports of Zakynthos, Kavala and Hania to be ready before the summer of 2019, while those of Argostoli on Cephalonia, of Aktio, of Samos and of Skiathos after the summer of 2019.

The company’s four-year plan also provides for the creation of five new terminals in Thessaloniki, Kos, Corfu, Cephalonia and Mytilini, as well as much-needed development and upgrading projects for all the airports. These include increasing the number of check-in booths, screening and security points and luggage conveyor belts, while extensive upgrades will also be made in regard to airport safety, such renewing the tarmac on landing strips, installing HBS inline screening systems for luggage monitoring and constructing or renovating fire stations.

In total, the surface of the terminals in all 14 airports will expand by about 100,000 square meters, thereby considerably strengthening their capacity.

Fraport Greece took over the airports on April 11, 2017, and has activated an investment program of 415 million euros. The first step was taken late last year with work at the airports of Myconos and Cephalonia...

Cephalonia airport is also receiving upgrades, as Fraport is repairing its air-traffic control tower and the central terminal building of the Ionian island. Among the other interventions currently being implemented at the Anna Pollatou Airport in Argostoli is the cleaning of the main trench drains in the restricted-access area, as well as upgrading of the main runway, whose lifespan has also expired.

According the timetable of Fraport Greece... all of the work being planned will have been completed by 2021.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/227681/article/ekathimerini/business/changing-the-face-of-regional-airports
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: johnt7959 on Monday, 16 April, 2018 @ 08:48:30
Does anyone know why the Ryanair flights to Stansted on last monday and thursday were delayed by nearly two hours?  Anything to do with repairs?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Monday, 16 April, 2018 @ 14:42:15
Nothing to do with repairs. Maybe to do with ATC restrictions in UK airspace for the first few weeks of April?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Monday, 16 April, 2018 @ 16:47:01
French ATC disruption, supporting French Railway and Air France strikes?

"...the unions are demanding a pay increase of 6 per cent; the airline is offering 1 per cent.
They have announced additional strikes on 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 and 24 April 2018..."

France strikes: air and rail passengers affected (https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/france-strikes-latest-updates-air-traffic-control-railways-sncf-eurostar-passengers-a8291311.html)

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Ian_E on Wednesday, 02 May, 2018 @ 19:39:34
On 9th May at 17.30 there is an open invitation to view the airport plans at the Chamber of Commerce in Argostoli.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 02 May, 2018 @ 19:59:11

Καλό μήνα!

...Λεωφόρος Βεργωτή 131... Meeting highly likely to be conducted in Greek language.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Thursday, 10 May, 2018 @ 17:07:35
On 9th May at 17.30 there is an open invitation to view the airport plans at the Chamber of Commerce in Argostoli.

Meeting details (if you allow google to translate) can be found on the following link and towards the bottom there is a video where the key speaker talks in English...


Edit: link removed
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 10 May, 2018 @ 17:43:12
Sorry, BeeTee, but - as I've said - this is an English-language message board and links should be to articles in English with no requirement to use automatic translators.

Here's the video you mentioned, (mostly) in English as you say but hardly inspirational or informational, I couldn't watch all 28 minutes of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=PsgqPkm3-_c
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: BeeTee on Thursday, 10 May, 2018 @ 17:51:55
Sorry, BeeTee, but - as I've said - this is an English-language message board and links should be to articles in English with no requirement to use automatic translators.

Here's the video you mentioned, (mostly) in English as you say but hardly inspirational or informational, I couldn't watch all 28 minutes of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=PsgqPkm3-_c

Oh yes, Sorry Maik. I was more interested in the video as the speaker was speaking English. I did watch all the video and as you say not exactly inspiring so 28 mins of my life I won't get back. 
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 13 June, 2018 @ 20:01:02
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Fraport offers cheaper fees to woo more flights to Greece

Fraport Greece, a Fraport-led consortium, will slash airport fees by 50 percent during this year’s low season to attract new international flights to 14 Greek airports, it said on Wednesday.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229603/article/ekathimerini/business/fraport-offers-cheaper-fees-to-woo-more-flights-to-greece


Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 14 June, 2018 @ 13:52:42
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Fraport Ups Investments at 14 Regional Airports in View of Rising Arrivals

Fraport’s investments in the 14 regional airports are listed as follows: ... 23.9 million euros for Kefalonia Airport with an outlook to 2029.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/13/fraport-ups-investments-14-regional-airports-view-rising-arrivals

Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 @ 11:12:04
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Airport Privatization Not Always Best Option, IATA Says

The privatization of airports is not always the best option, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which called on governments during its 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney on June 3-5, to place priority on balancing the interests of consumers, airlines, investors, citizens and economies.

Approximately 14 percent of the world’s airports have some level of privatization, handling about 40 percent of global traffic.

“Airlines have not yet experienced an airport privatization that has fully lived up to its promised benefits over the long term,” the chief of IATA added.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/airport-privatization-not-always-best-option-iata-says
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyKath on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 @ 12:43:25
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Airport Privatization Not Always Best Option, IATA Says

The privatization of airports is not always the best option, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which called on governments during its 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney on June 3-5, to place priority on balancing the interests of consumers, airlines, investors, citizens and economies.

Approximately 14 percent of the world’s airports have some level of privatization, handling about 40 percent of global traffic.

“Airlines have not yet experienced an airport privatization that has fully lived up to its promised benefits over the long term,” the chief of IATA added.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/airport-privatization-not-always-best-option-iata-says (https://news.gtp.gr/2018/06/18/airport-privatization-not-always-best-option-iata-says)
Stating the bleeding obvious but perhaps it needs saying.

Tony
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 21 June, 2018 @ 23:05:12
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Fraport Greece wins a major distinction at the EMEA Finance’s Project- Finance Awards 2017

During the EMEA Finance's Project Finance Awards 2017, Fraport Greece won the award for the Best Transport Infrastructure deal in CEE.

For the successful completion of the project the sponsors of Fraport Greece,  Fraport AG and Copelouzos Group invested 750 million euros equity and the partnership of leading financial institutions signed with Fraport Greece a long-term funding up to about 1 billion euros.
https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/fraport-greece-wins-a-major-distinction-at-the-emea-finances-project-finance-awards-2017
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: Maik on Wednesday, 08 August, 2018 @ 11:41:21
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First Burger King Restaurant Opens in Greece

Select Service Partners (SSP), a leading multinational group in the catering industry, and Fraport Greece on Monday unveiled the first fast-food Burger King restaurant in Greece at Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras”... discussions are being held with Fraport Greece to open more Burger King restuarants in other airports in Greece.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/08/07/first-burger-king-restaurant-opens-greece

Ideal for people who don't like to eat that foreign muck on holiday  :iroll:

Perhaps even the revamped Kef airport will be too small.
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: HiFi on Wednesday, 08 August, 2018 @ 14:53:46
The word on the street (or runway) was that the new airport here would get a Goody's but Burger King is just as good. Would you like fries with that?
Title: Re: Kef airport soon sold?
Post by: TonyD on Thursday, 09 August, 2018 @ 09:57:12
I'd be surprised if market research supports the notion that what the Greek islands really need are Burger King outlets.