ECONOMY

Macedonia Airport to get a new runway

The new runway under construction at Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport will allow for transatlantic flights to land at Greece’s second-largest city, Development Minister Evripidis Stylianidis (center) stressed yesterday during his inspections of the work for the expansion of the 10/28 landing strip. The project is budgeted at 246 million euros, to be completed by July 2011. Asked whether the new runway would allow for aircraft to take off and land in foggy conditions, a common problem in the area where the airport is located, Stylianidis said, ‘The standards used will allow the airport to operate as normal under any circumstances.’ The groundwork for the 1,060-meter runway is to be completed by year’s end.