Crete Chania airport upgrade.
Holiday visitors flying into west Crete's airport at Chania face late season disruption as work starts on a multi million euro upgrade. Work started in July on a major upgrade to facilities at Chania and is expected to last until December 2015. Airport authorities plan to keep holiday traveller disruption to a minimum while work progresses.
The €110 million upgrade is to the give west Crete a modern international airport able to cope with increasing numbers of passengers and hopefully expand to offer a longer international operating period.
Chania International Airport, officially known as Ioannis Daskalogiannis, was built in 1967 and takes its name from a Cretan rebel fighter against Ottoman rule in the 18th century..
It started taking international flights in 1974 and, following an upgrade in 1996, is now the second busiest airport in Crete with 2,5 million passengers each year
The upgrade project includes the expansion of the terminal by 15,586 square metres, upgrading of the existing terminal space and the construction of a new control tower.
There are also plans to increase the parking space for aircraft from 8 to 12 or even 14 spaces and the new terminal should be able to accommodate 2,100 passengers per hour, more than double the current passenger capacity.
Airport Manager of Chania, Stavros Kastrinakis, said the project was crucial for tourism in Western Crete. He added: "It's an important day for the airport of Chania and Western Crete as the project expansion begins."