Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Skiathos Airport expansion update (7) ...

For the legions of Skiathos fans, who have been in touch, demanding news on the airport ...

Here is the latest from the Skiathian Paparazzi 'undercover and trespass' division ...

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The runway itself 'has not been extended yet' to accommodate aircraft. Regardless of what you may have heard elsewhere. Runways 02/20 are the same length as before. The runway is in use, its no different from last year, we have daily flights from Athens, as well as the hospital aircraft using it.

Runway 20 in all its glory ...
The north end of the runway has had a bank of earth added, it extends towards, and up to the old perimeter fence. This is where the runway will be made around 110 meters longer. The banked area is being reinforced, by pile driven concrete pillars.

The extension area ...
Heavy plant compressing the earth ...
No margin for error this summer ...
The Xanemos beach tavena is outside the perimeter fence, and appears unaffected, as is the beach nearby ...



The work continues to level the areas, for additional aircraft parking nearby to the terminal building.

Tiffany's airport taverna, has been stripped of reusable items, and appears to be a shell. It seems the taverna next to it will remain closed. There is no sign of any work to prepare either, for the season, we expect them to be demolished in due course ...

Fancy a beer ?
Will it open ?

Sorry, I have no idea what the catering facilities will be at the airport, however there is still plenty of room upstairs.The foundations of a new road, to the rear of Tiffany's site are being put in place ...

                                      


There is a new earth mound at the Xanemos end of the runway. We call it airport hill. I have taken a number of photos from the summit of the hill. It gives an excellent view of the works nearby. However I do not recommend you trying it for yourself ...


The works are for a parking extension (for another 4-5 jets), a new taxiway and a connecting ramp, and approximately a 110metre extension to the North, There will be some other auxiliary works inside, and outside the airport.

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8 comments:

  1. Thank very much for the update, never thought the runway would have been finished, it is Greek maybe time after all. Nice to know roughly what it looks like as only got 30 days till i'm there.

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    1. Another year of GMT to go. I have altitude sickness from climbing 'Airport hill' on a very warm afternoon - You owe me a beer :) ...

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  2. Thanks for the update, not surprised to see the runway is the same, Greek maybe time after all. At least i have an idea of what to expect in 30 days :)

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  3. And you would be very welcome to 1 :)

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    1. Ha Ha, after yomping up that hill - I needed one :) ...

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  4. Alfa is the 1 for me and cant wait, not that i'm jealous at all.

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