Chios Island Airport

The necessity for sufficient airport infrastructure in Chios Island is obvious, as it is one of the largest in Greece in size and population, also the Island is far away from the main cities of the country. The existing airport is located at the eastern coastal zone of the Island approximately 4 km from the town center. The 1,500m length runway and the 800m2 terminal building are insufficient considering the existing total passenger traffic, which were recorded 185.000 passengers in 2014 while the foreign represents just the 10%. So the upgrading and expansion of the existing airport was considered necessary, in order to offer upgraded services to the passengers and to the aircrafts also to attract a greater number of touristic traffic.

In view of the above, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Organization assigned a study to the consultancy firm DENCO SA for the redesign of the existing airport aiming at its expansion and improvement. The study was conducted in collaboration with the consultant engineer Albert Paul Yamin and was successfully completed in 1987.

Project details:

• Extending of existing runway by 750m to the north and south,
• Expanding apron to provide space for aircraft parking,
• Land reclamation for the construction of new terminal building,
• Redesign of local road network and diverting the existing coastal road.

However the above study was not applied and eventually the existing runway will be extended 300m to the north reaching totally 1.800m, according to the Master Plan Study of Chios airport. This option was considered more feasible because the requirement for expropriations is much lower. In the context of the the preliminary proposals for the new Chios harbor, an obstacle analysis was conducted by CNWAY in order to identify any interactions between the extended runway, the existing harbor and the new. The task was successfully completed in 2003.

Task details:

• The takeoff and landing zones east and to the north of the runway were examined for possible obstacles considering also ships with height 40m and 45m in the new and the existing harbor.
• Implementation of obstacle diagrams for landing and takeoff surfaces, transitional surface and inner horizontal surface according to Hellenic Civil Aviation Organization and ICAO specifications.