After years of waiting and harsh negotiations, Paros finally has a new airport, with a longer runway, which can accommodate larger aircraft carrying more passengers. This new infrastructure made possible to meet the expectations of islanders and tourists, whether they are Greek or foreigners. The new airport was the culmination of the efforts made by all inhabitants of the island beyond their differences of opinion. Our Bulletin aims to share with you the saga of its construction, starting today with the testimony of one of the former mayors, Mr. Argouzis, who tells us the beginning of the story which led to at the creation of the new airport.
As soon as it is inaugurated, a new challenge is emerging concerning the improvements to be made to the new airport. Some already advocate increasing the length of its runway, others oppose it by considering that it would increase the influx of tourists, sometimes of a low purchasing power, beyond what the island can support.
Others consider that priority should be given to the completion of this airport in terms of waiting rooms for departures and arrivals, the number of counters to better accommodate travelers, the establishment of a system of more efficient control, increased parking spaces etc.
The question also arises of providing the airport with air traffic controllers to allow during the winter to travel early in the morning and early evening, between 7 am and 7:30 pm.
The extension of the passangers capacity of the new terminal is a rather ambitious project and must be given priority.
Once completed, a debate will be necessary for a possible continuation. This debate should take into account the constraints posed by the sustainable development of the island, respectful of its physical and cultural characteristics. We invite you to join this debate !
President of FoP
Secretary general of FoP