Fraport Greece, regional authority discuss promoting Chania as winter destination

Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell, attending a meeting with regional authority officials in Chania, Crete on Friday, expressed the company’s intention to begin dialogue with local authorities on working together to attract companies to regional airports during winter months. The meeting was held to brief the regional authority on plans for the development of Chania’s “Daskaloyiannis” airport.

“We understand the concerns that exist about this period and for this reason we are discussing with local bodies on how we will manage to promote Chania as a destination that is not summer only but also for the winter months,” Zinell said.

This was a complex goal that required cooperation and the right marketing but also to prove that tourists coming to Chania in the winter will have an economic advantage.

“I do not believe that lowering fees during the winter period will lead to this, it is a issue with multiple factors, a combination of factors,” he said.

According to Fraport Greece Chief Operating Office Ilias Maragakis, all signs pointed to an excellent season for the airport this summer: “We calculate that the increase in airport capacity will be at 18 pct,” he said.

Concerns were expressed at the meeting about Ryanair’s decision to scrap its base in Chania, which Fraport executives explained as a result of Ryanair’s business plans. During the meeting, Fraport was presented with a joint memorandum of all participants at the meeting stating that “our shared goal must be the economic development of Western Crete.”

Fraport Greece was created in 2015 and is responsible for maintaining, operating, managing, upgrading and developing 14 regional airports in Greece over a period of 40 years.