Departure tax to fund Greek airport development

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  • A €13 departure tax is to be introduced in Greece to fund airport development.
  • The funding will be applied to 14 airports: Thessaloniki, Aktio, Kavala, Crete, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Mitilini, Kykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos.

A departure tax is to be introduced to fund investment in 14 Greek airports.

German airport operator Fraport is to run 14 regional airports, including three on the mainland, in Thessaloniki, Aktio and Kavala, and 11 on the Greek islands of Crete, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Mitilini, Kykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos.

A fee of €13 per departing passenger will be applied for the next four years, starting in 2017, which could rise to €18 once the project is finished in 2020.

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The new investment will be applied to Fraport’s operational costs in the 14 airports; the fee is a slight increase on the current departure fee holidaymakers are charged and has been deemed necessary to bring the hubs up to optimum levels.

Sunvil Holidays managing director Chris Wright said: “The appointment of Fraport as the operator for these regional airports is a real positive, with money finally being invested in airports that have suffered from underinvestment over the last few years. It was inevitable that charges would increase as a result and we were obviously concerned that the charge would be high. However, our understanding of this announcement is that the €13 will be a small increase on the €12.7 currently charged rather than an extra tax. The increase is set for four years by which time the infrastructure projects will be complete and the increase to €18 will be in line with the rest of the market.”

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Maria Sinnott

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