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Airside Design for 14 Regional Airports in Greece

December 19, 2016

What do Santorini, Myknonos and Thessaloniki have in common? In addition to being popular tourist destinations, these locations are also home to three of the 14 Greek airports that we’re helping develop. 

We are engaged to participate in the airside design work for 14 regional airports in Greece. This work supports the development of a phased investment program being carried out by our client, Fraport Regional Airports of Greece Management Company S.A. 

Delivered over a demanding timeline, our mandate includes the provision of conceptual layouts for the aircraft aprons, including circulation of aircraft and vehicles, ground service equipment service and staging areas, general aviation-reserved areas and apron lighting. These plans apply to existing apron surfaces and expansion areas identified in each airport’s individual land use plans.  


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Ensuring airport efficiency with optimal apron layouts

The conceptual apron layouts we produce will support decisions relating to refurbishment or expansion works to be completed at each of the 14 airports. The designs are fully compliant with best practices and standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

Several factors are taken into consideration when determining apron layouts. Specifically, we pay special attention to how the aprons will integrate with existing and planned facilities, as well as operational requirements, such as seasonal changes in traffic volumes, aircraft types and multiple aircraft ramp system (MARS). Our designs also ensure that both aircraft and ground service equipment have sufficient space to maneuver and park.  

Supporting the layout concepts, we’ve also been tasked with producing conceptual designs for apron floodlighting, marking and signage plans, and the conceptual design for stationary ground power supply to parked aircraft. With these plans, our airport engineers will ensure that the facilities are as safe and efficient as possible, for the benefit of airport managers and the millions of people who transit through these gateways every year.