Skyros Island Airport

The mixed use military and civil airport of Skyros is located at the northern part of the Island. Civil aviation operations and development are noticeably affected due to unsuccessful planning of the above mixed use airport. There is no available area for possible expansion of the terminal building, since it is surrounded by military facilities and it is accessible after performing military control. In addition existing civil aviation infrastructures are considered obstacles for the future expansion of the military airport. The prospect of further touristic development in the Island requires immediate action.

In view of the above the Hellenic Civil Aviation Organization launched the Master Plan of Skyros Island Airport, aiming at its future proper function. The contract was awarded to the consultancy firm DENCO SA and the study was conducted in collaboration with the consultant engineer Albert-Paul Yamin. The study was dully completed in 2001.

Project Facts:

  • A 20-year forecast growth period (2001 to 2020) was considered for the airport with a five year intermediate targets. For the coverage of expected air transport demand, three phases/scenarios were finally developed with the first corresponding to the short-term (phase A), the second to the medium-term (phase B) and the third to the ultimate (phase C). By the end of phase A the airport will be able to serve 31,550 passengers, instead of 2,300 passengers in 1999. The corresponding figures for the next phases B and C were 87,500 and 315,500 passengers respectively. The estimated domestic passengers traffic represents about 5% of the total due to the noticeably increase of foreign passengers traffic.
  • Airfield developments were planned considering the Boeing 757-200 as the design aircraft:
    Phase Α: Widening of existing runway from 30m to 45m, new 150m length, 23m width taxiway with 10m width shoulders on both sides as well as a new apron location to provide parking space for 2 aircraft.
    Phase Β: Expanding apron to provide additional parking space for 1 aircraft.
    Phase C: New 130m length, 23m width taxiway with shoulders as per phase A above as well as expanding apron to provide additional parking space for 7 aircraft.
  • Development of terminal building per phase:
    Phase Α: A limited expansion and renovation of the existing as well as constructing a 2,500m2 new.
    Phase Β: Provision of additional 2,000m2 to the above new building to reach 4,500m2.
    Phase C: Additional 6,000m2 to in order to reach 10,500m2 in total.
  • Provision of parking space per phase:
    Phase Α: 9 for long-term parking vehicles, 6 for employees vehicles, 10 for car rental, 15 for taxi and 4 for buses.
    Phase Β: Additional 3 long-term parking vehicles, 5 for employees vehicles, 30 for car rental, 5 for taxi and 4 for buses.
    Phase C: Additional 9 long-term parking vehicles, 5 for employees vehicles, 8 for taxi and finally 16 for buses.
  • Improvement of access to the airport for a length of 1.8km approximately and appropriate traffic arrangements for pedestrians and vehicles at the arrival and departure zone.