Thessaloniki International AirportAviation&Marine
project description International airport
status Under construction
client Helenic Airport Authority
The Thessaloniki International Airport project was won in international competition. The competition comprised the master planning of the airport land including the extension of the runway, new aircraft pavement areas and airport buildings and the design of a new passenger terminal building with adjacent short-term car park and heavy railway station.The brief stated that the airport is the ‘gateway to the Balkans’ and that in addition to being efficient and of modern design, the passenger terminal was to be ‘secure by design’.The two storey building provides arrivals facilities at ground level and departures facilities at first floor level. Between the landside front of the building and the set-down road, there is a void across which, pedestrian bridges provide pedestrian access whilst creating a ‘stand-off’ zone between motor vehicles and the departures concourse. Inside the building at departures level, access between the landside facilities and the airside facilities is also separated by a linear void. Both the external linear void and the internal linear void terminate at arrivals level where they form linear garden.Whilst the landside facade has been designed to be visually heavy and founded securely into the ground, the airside facade has a shape similar to an aircraft wing, is constructed of metal and glass and is of lightweight appearance.The first phase of development provides for the efficient processing of 8 million passengers per annum and 14 contact aircraft stands and 22 remote aircraft stands. In its ultimate form, the development will be capable of processing 16 million passengers per annum and will have 20 contact stands and 30 remote aircraft stands.The final phase will also include a new metro light railway station and an airport hotel.