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Rhodes Airport takeover

The interminable saga of Rhodes Airport being franchised out to Fraport is finally approaching completion.
Yesterday Fraport announced their plans for Rhodes airport for the period between now and 2021.
First essential repairs and sanitary improvements will happen, along with better lighting airside. This should take care of the continuing leaky roof, stalled escalator, and broken toilet saga. That’s probably as much as they’ll manage for 2017 summer as it is hard to work on the airport when it is full of people.
The plan for 2018-2021 is:
• Remodeling the current terminal
• Reorganizing the airport apron area
• New fire station
• 13 percent increase in the number of check-in counters (from 40 to 45)
• 13 percent increase in the number of departure gates (from 16 to 18)
• 71 percent in the number of security-check lanes (from 7 to 12)
• 25 percent increase in the number of baggage reclaim belts (from 4 to 5)
(source http://news.gtp.gr/2017/03/22/fraport-shows-revamp-plans-14-gateways-greek-tourism/ – this also contains details of what is planned for Kos.)
How they plan to do this isn’t clear yet – one possibility is the development of a central hold baggage scanning area, instead of having scanning points dotted about the check-in halls. This would allow extra check-in/bag drop desks to use the scanning point floorspace and connections to the baggage conveyors.