US-headquartered construction consultancy Hill International has been selected by Fraport Greece (FG) to provide project management and on-call technical support in a three-year framework contract for the upgrade, maintenance, management, and operation of 14 airports in Greece.
FG, a joint venture between Germany’s airport operator Fraport and Greek group Copelouzos, has been carrying out a €415m capital expenditure programme since Greece privatised the airports in December 2015.
The airports are at Aktion, Chania (Crete), Corfu, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Lesvos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, and Zakynthos.
Work ranges from the refurbishment of terminals to building new landside and airside facilities.
"These airports form a transit web throughout Greece," said Manolis Sigalas, Hill’s managing director for Southern Europe. "As tourism in Greece continues to surge, these upgraded hubs will help meet the demands of the industry. The airports will also facilitate regional travel and create jobs for local communities. This is an investment of national significance."Â Â
Hill will help FG manage compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency Certification programme for all the airports, as well as develop them commercially and comply with environmental rules.
"FG’s capital expenditure program will bring about much-needed upgrades for Greece’s tourist and transit infrastructure, as well as the resultant financial benefits for the country," said Hill chief executive Raouf Ghali.
"By upgrading and expanding facilities, FG is improving processes and the overall customer experience. We are delighted to be supporting this client as they bring Greece’s airports into the 21st century. This assignment is a testament to the breadth and depth of services that Hill can provide on airport projects across Europe and internationally."
Image: An Airbus A320 on final approach to Zakynthos International Airport (Brandsthatfly/CC BY-SA 4.0)Â