Kastelli village on the Greek island of Crete, 36 km southeast of Heraklion, will soon host the country`s second largest international airport that will serve over 8 million passengers a year. The new Kastelli airport will replace the existing Heraklion International Airport.

In May 2017 the Ariadne Airport Group consortium, a joint venture of Greece-based Terna S.A. and India-based GMR Airports Group,

According to Stavros Arnaoutakis, Crete`s Governor, “the new airport will contribute to the economy and to the development of the island,

It is a huge €1.5 billion project, expected to create over 1,500 jobs throughout the construction period and around 7,500 employment positions once completed. Areas of tourism and trade will open up additional 37,000 indirect jobs.

The new airport will occupy a 600-hectar area with an additional 22-hectar commercial activity zone. With a 3800-metre runway it will operate larger aircraft than Heraklon airport currently does.

The project also includes an apron area suitable for housing approximately 30 aircraft, a cargo terminal building and a permanent exhibition space.

Cutting edge technology, international standards and environmental friendliness - all the factors make it "simply the best airport in the country",  as the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, underlined. 

It will also contribute to key infrastructure projects on the island: the so-called north road axis, several peripheral roadway networks - construction of new roads and general upgrading of the existing ones.

The highly anticipated airport is supposed to be finished and opened by 2025.

Flying private to Greek islands will become more delightful, due to the brand new terminals to explore!