Fraport to increase charges at ‘upgraded airports’ – Chania included

Sign at the entrance of Chania airport reads: 110 million euro budget for the expansion and improvement of the terminal and the grounds of the airport. Funded by EU with the contribution of the Greek state. The work is still in progress.

Fraport Greece this week announced that from 1st April 2019 it will increase fees at three airports whose upgrades will be completed by the end of the year.  This increase affects Chania, while the other two airports facing increased charges are Kavala and Zakynthos.

The terms of the concession agreement with Fraport foisted on the Greek government by the lenders entitles the company to increase per passenger fees to €18.5 from the present €13 once upgrades are completed. 

The company will have to first consult with the airlines using the airport ahead of the increase, a process that will begin in November.

According to Alexander Zinell, Fraport Greece CEO, the increased passenger fee will later be charged at the airports of Rhodes, Skiathos, Kefalonia, Lesvos, Aktio and Samos, to be followed lastly by the airports of Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu and Kos – once the upgrade works there are completed.

At the same time, Fraport management said the charge remains competitive compared to corresponding fees applicable at rival destination airports, which in many cases are over €20.

In April 2018 Fraport imposed a fee of €90 for fire and rescue services, which prior to the Fraport takeover of Chania airport was provided free of charge by the Hellenic Airforce.

At the time Alexander Zinell said that safety is of utmost importance to Fraport Greece, adding that the company has signed a separate € 800 million deal with the Hellenic Airforce for fire and rescue services at Chania and Action – in NW Greece – airports.

The safety charge affected mainly the low-cost airlines using Chania as their turnaround time is usually less than an hour and require refuelling while the passengers are boarding.

It is not clear if there is another separate deal for the maintenance of the surface of the runway in Chania or about the use of landing and take-off lights for which commercial aircraft in Chania are charged.