The construction of the new Heraklion International Airport in Crete is progressing at an intensive pace, with progress exceeding 30% based on its new improved design, as observed during a visit today to the construction site in Kastelli by the political leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport under Minister Christos Staikouras.
More specifically, in the airport area, earthworks and flood protection works throughout the airport have been completed. Additionally, paving works in the aircraft parking area have been completed, and paving works in the runway and taxiway areas are underway.
Regarding the construction works on buildings, the police building and the water building structure are nearly completed.
Construction works at the Main Terminal Building are progressing steadily, with the completion of the basement level, ground floor, and arrivals corridor. Concurrently, the construction of special systems for the Main Station Building has commenced, while works are underway for the construction of the departure bridge in the Terminal Building.
Finally, foundation works for the Control Tower have commenced, excavation works at the Fire Station are ongoing, and construction works for the structural framework of the Substation building are in progress.
Regarding the Road Connections of the Airport (connection to BOAK/NOAK), in the Northern connection of the Airport (BOAK – Airport), completion stands at 70% for the section from chainage 7+020 to the entrance of the Airport (chainage 18+624), and 45% for the section from the Hersonissos Junction to chainage 3+800. The southern connection of the Airport (NOAK) has been completed at a rate of 75%. It’s worth noting that approximately 900 people are employed at the construction site.
Note that the company “Heraklion International Airport Crete” has been established for the construction and management of the New International Airport in Kastelli, Crete, the second most visited airport in the country. The Greek State participates in it (45.90%), along with GEK TERNA (32.46%) and GMR Airports Ltd (21.64%).
Crete’s geopolitical position, its tourist development, the need for a high-level tourism product, the potential for optimal utilization of Crete’s primary production, and the necessity for holistic promotion of Cretan cuisine and health, require a robust Transportation Hub for Crete, Greece, and the wider Mediterranean region. In this direction, the new improved design of the airport is based.