Crete airport to be renovated in coming months - minister

Crete airport to be upgraded

Improvements will be made to the main Nikos Kazantzakis airport of Crete in coming months as preparations continue for the construction of a new airport on the island, said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis.

The improvements will include expanding the main building by 3,000 square meters, renovating an additional 8,000 square meters and increasing the number of gates, said the minister on Tuesday. The cost, that was not disclosed, will be covered by Hellenic Duty Free Shops.

"Work will start immediately. By the end of March or start of April the building will be ready," said Spirtzis.

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Crete's airport is the country's second largest, after Athens, serving the needs of four million travelers this year.

Greek construction firm GEK Terna and India's GMR Airports Limited have agreed to build Crete's new Kasteli airport for 480 million euros though procedures regarding the project are not expected to be complete until the start of next year.