A military airfield in Tripoli, in the Peloponnese, will be opened to passenger traffic, according to a joint decision signed on Tuesday by the ministers of Defense, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Infrastructure, Michalis Chrysochoidis, ceding partial use of the airport to Civil Aviation Authority.
“The message is more cooperation for the common good. The people expect results and a faster reaction to the solution of problems,” Avramopoulos said at the signing in Athens.
The transformation of the military airport into a facility with the capability to service passenger and trade traffic is expected to contribute more tourism and commerce to the region.
The decision is “part of coordinated efforts by the prime minister and the government to restart the Greek economy via the development of a new productive and competitive model that will maximize the comparative advantages of each region of the country,” Avramopoulos added.
Chrysochoidis added that the operation of the airport in Tripoli is also expected to take some of the pressure off the airport of Kalamata, in the southern Peloponnese, which has seen an increase in traffic this year to the tune of 54 percent and is currently operating near capacity.
Work on the transformation of the Tripoli airport is expected to begin imminently, with the facility slated to go into operation next year.