In summer the contractor who will “run” Kalamata International Airport

The competition procedure for the exploitation of Kalamata International Airport (‘Captain Vas. Constantakopoulos’) is proceeding according to the planning of the Trans-Tamion. The period of submission of comments by the prospective investors on the tender documents expired days ago, and we recall that at the end of January the four pre-selected tenderers had been given a draft of the concession contract and its annexes. On the basis of the planning of the Super Fund, up to June 2024 the submission of tenders is expected by the candidates, which is the shape of GEKTERNA – GMR Airports, Fraport AG with Delta Airport Investments (Kopeluzou Group) – Peleas (Constanstantakopoulos TEMES Group), Mytilineos with Corporation America Airports and the shape of the French of Egis Airport Operation with Aktor concessions and Aéroports de la Cote d’Azur. Within 2 months of the beginning of July, the choice of contractor is then expected, so that, in the first quarter of 2025, the operation of the airport under the new regime will begin. As it turns out, among the challengers are strong domestic names such as GEK TERNA, Mytilineos, AKTOR concessions (ELLAKTOR), Constantakopoulos group, Kopelousos etc., but also foreign large shapes from Europe, America, Asia. Through investments Kalamata Airport will be able to welcome an ever-increasing number of passengers estimated to reach 500,000 far before the end of the current decade. This increased number of passengers combined with significant private investments in the tourism sector and the improvement of road infrastructure in the county is expected to have a multiplier positive impact on Messinia and the airport’s wider influence zone. As of 2010, Kalamata’s passenger traffic has increased by 250%. In 2022 it exceeded the 351,000 passengers. Kalamata International Airport is a dynamic tourist destination, which has dramatically increased passenger traffic in recent years thanks to the Costa Navarino tourist pole belonging to the Constantakopoulos group. More generally, they expect a passenger traffic increase of more than 40% by 2030, in significant economic benefits for the public, development of local societies and economies, from the modernisation and upgrading plan of 22+1 air infrastructure, if we add the rest of the peripherals (Karpathos, Chios, Alexandroupolis, Araxos, Lemnos, Ioannina, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Ikaria, Kythira, Leros, Sitia, New Anchialos, Kalymnos, Skyros, Syros, Astypalaia, Kastelorizo, Kastoria, Kasos and Kozanis).