Crete's busy Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" on Monday was inaugurated, following huge renovations, which added up to 13 million euros, an investment made by Hellenic Duty Greek Shops.
The project included an expansion of the airport by 2,895 square meters and a full refurbishment to an already existing space of 8,000 square meters.
“In 2017, Heraklion’s airport was voted as the worst in the world. Now we are in an area that is the best expression of European Greece. In an area where cleanliness, respect, smile, class, courtesy and elegance co-exist,” Hellenic Duty Free Shops Managing Director George Velentzas said during the opening ceremony of the duty free market.
The project included moving the retail outlets of the duty-free shops from the airport’s first floor to ground level and the addition of a new 2,895 square metre departure hall on the ground-level. The airport now also has 11 departure gates, nine on the ground floor and two on the first floor. The already existing 8,000 square-meter departures area has been fully renovated.
Four waiting lounges for business and first class passengers were created and all restaurants and eateries have been renovated, new fire protection systems added and a new air conditioning system was installed in the airport’s newly extended area.