0Modern new airport for Crete

Crete has a num­ber of air­ports, but the major­i­ty of trav­ellers will arrive at either Cha­nia or (more like­ly) Her­ak­lion. Her­ak­lion Air­port is a mixed civil­ian mil­i­tary facil­i­ty that is trapped between the sea, the moun­tains, and the city, leav­ing it lit­tle room to expand. It has been clear for a long time that a new air­port was need­ed and plans have focused on a for­mer mil­i­tary base in the moun­tains near Kastel­li.

Work final­ly start­ed in Febu­rary just before the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic took over glob­al news. Ini­tial­ly the plan was for the air­port to be oper­at­ing with­in 5 years (by ear­ly 2025 or soon­er) and work on the road link has also start­ed, with a 17km upgrade link­ing to the exist­ing nation­al road near Her­son­nisos which will make for con­ve­nient trans­fers from the new air­port to the resorts on the north coast between Malia and Her­ak­lion.

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