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Airport News

by Trudy Petridi, August 2001
It seems like there are more rumours than planes flying around about Paros airport these days! So, we resolved to try to clarify the situation.

I spoke first with Menegos Mavris, Paros Chief of Civil Aviation (Aerolimenarchis) who told me that as long as Olympic Airways is government-owned, the airport will continue to have a regular air service. There have also been plans for some time now to upgrade the airport to increase the runway length to 2000m. However, finally the government and the owners of the land that would need to be purchased could not reach agreement and so it has now been decided to build a new airport at another site.

Nikos Arkoulis (Eparchos) told me that the new airport will be located 2km from Butterfly Valley in the Kambos area opposite Antiparos. By the end of October, the H.P.E.X.O.D.E. (Ministry of Public Works and Environment) should have agreed to the finished plans and will then arrange payment to the farmers for the land that will be expropriated, and building of the new runway will begin.

We will get an update on the situation at the end of October.
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