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Mykonos Airport Closed for Two Weeks for Upgrade Repairs

November 14, 2017

Visitors planning to fly to the renowned island of Mykonos this month will need to check with their airlines because it’s going to be shut down for two weeks so the private consortium which took over 14 regional airports in Greece and make upgrades.

The island, along with Santorini, is perhaps the most famous in the country for luring summer visitors but has developed a reputation of near-hedonism and a playground for the uber-rich willing to spend 1000 euros ($1166) a bottle for champagne and young, scantily-clad women dancing on tabletops.

Mykonos Island National Airport alone saw passenger growth of 51 percent in October, according to the consortium Fraport which said it has run into resistance from airport workers around the country who didn’t want it running the facilities.

At the Mykonos airport, new, stronger asphalt will be laid down that meets the latest requirements, Airports of the World reported. Beyond the runway repairs, Fraport is also planning to increase the size of the terminal; add more check-in counters, departure gates and security lanes; and build a new fire station, said the site Travel + Leisure.

“We have made all efforts and taken all measures to minimize any inconvenience for the passengers during this period,” Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell said in a statement.

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