Apparently the Greek Civil Aviation Authority had left the 14 regional airports in the darkness. Therefore, when the German-Greek consortium FRAPORT took over last April, they found a total of 12.000 burned out bulbs in the fourteen regional airports. Fraport claims come just two weeks after the Greek Transportation Minister accused the German-Greek consortium of delays in the the planned investment.
CEO of FRAPORT Hellas, Alexandre Zinnel, raised these accusation during a speech at a recent conference organized by the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Athens.
Zinnel said that an inspection in the 14 regional airports –Thessaloniki, Corfu, Chania, Kefallonia, Zakynthos, Aktio, Kavala, Rhodes, , Samos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos– revealed that:
– 12.200 burned out bulbs were found. This is a huge number: if, for example, hypothetical, the number of burned out bulbs at the 14 regional airports was to be seen in a seven-year horizon, that is, as a starting point in 2010, it means that 1,742 bulbs were burned out each year and were not replaced.
– 1.287 fire extinguishers were replaced
– 81 new air condition units were installed
From April to September 21st the FRAPORT performed a total of 7.765 works, of which approximately 2.900 were corrective interventions, 4.650 were preventive, while some 200 were minor restoration works.
So far the Civil Aviation Authority has approved the master plan for seven of the 14 regional airports in Chania, Kealonia, Rhodes, Aktio, Mytilene, Zakynthos and Kavala, while it is expected to give a “green light” for the remaining seven airports in short time.
Small-scale upgrading works are expected to start by the end of October and in November the projects will be in full development.
According to the agreement the contractor is expected to complete the 48-month work, with projects of a budget of 400 million euros that will be carried out by the technical company Intrakat.
At the same time, Fraport calls for the provision of the concession agreement regarding the status condition of the airports.
The contract stipulates that the contractor should be compensated if airport infrastructure, as fixed assets, at the time of take over was worse than when the tender offer was submitted.
The case is expected to be negotiated -via the legal way– between the Civil Aviation Authority and the FRAPORT.
On Sept 12th, Greece’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis criticized the German-Greek consortium Fraport Hellas saying: “Fraport does not operate the airports better than the Civil Aviation, we have problems even with the hygene in the toilets”, mr. Spirtzis has stated.