Mykonos airport to close for runway reconstruction

Mykonos airport to shutdown mid November

The airport on the island of Mykonos will shutdown for two weeks as of mid November due to development works, said Fraport Greece on Tuesday.

The upgrade to the airport of one of Greece's most popular islands comes as Aegean Airlines boosts its domestic and international network in 2018 amidst Greece's tourism boom.

Fraport Greece, that has taken on the management of 14 regional airports across the country, said that it will reconstruct the airport's runway which has exceeded its lifetime.

"The entire existing surface will be replaced with a new layer of high strength asphalt, with the necessary markings to comply with the new EASA certification requirements," Fraport said in a statement

With more than 30 million tourists expected to visit the country this year, versus 26.5 million in 2015, Mykonos has had a bumper summer, showing an jump in passengers flying to the island of nearly 20%.

Medical flights operated by helicopters on the island will continue while the development works take place from November 13 to November 29.

Other expansion plans Fraport has for Mykonos include expanding the terminal by 50% adding a new fire station and increasing the number of check in counters and departure gates.

Growth in tourism has provided a major boost to Greece's crisis hit economy, increasing the number of hotels and adding shine to holiday homes, particularly among foreign buyers, in an uptrend seen continuing next year.

Aegean airlines unveiled plans earlier this week to extend its flight program for net year, adding another 18 routes to its destinations in Greece and abroad.

This will help strengthen Greece's links with key tourism markets, such as France, Italy and Germany,

Aegean added.