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Successful Opening for New International Airport at Athens-Spata, Greece

Frankfurt, Germany (ots) - "The opening of the new Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be considered an overall success," stressed Dr. Wilhelm Bender, Executive Board Chairman of Fraport AG (Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide), who participated in the official opening celebrations several days ago. A team of about 30 Fraport specialists has been supporting AIA during the first opening days of Europe's newest major international airport, which has been built on a greenfield site at Spata near Athens, Greece. Fraport AG is a shareholder and chief consultant of the new Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) airport company, which operates Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. Since June 1996, over 300 Fraport AG experts have supported and helped build up the AIA company. Furthermore, Fraport AG has provided airport management and operations training to almost 400 AIA staff. "This is an airport built to world standards. The high motivation and preparedness of the AIA staff will help make Athens' new airport an international success," said Dr. Bender. The Athens-Spata Airport has two runways that can been fully and simultaneously utilized. With a current capacity of about 16 million passengers per year, Athens-Spata Airport can be expanded to about 50 million passengers annually. Thus, Athens-Spata Airport is well positioned to become an air transportation hub in Southeastern Europe. For more information, please contact: Fraport AG Attn: Robert A. Payne - Manager International Press 60547 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Tel.: +49 69 690 -78547 (with voice mailbox) Fax: +49 69 690 -60548 or -59632 E-Mail: r.payne@fraport.de Internet: www.fraport.de (click on "Press Center") Original-Content von: Fraport AG, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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