Will Athens' Old Airport Get a Second Chance at Life?
For years and years the major hub in and out of Greece was Ellinikon International Airport, but in 2001 the airport shut its doors and it has kind of been just hanging out ever since. Ideas for repurposing the space have been tossed around now and then, but it finally looks as though one group is planning some true upgrades and improvements in the form of turning it into a resort area.
After signing a long-term lease for almost a billion euro the Lamda Development group has some big plans and ideas for the former runways and airport land. Their dreams include making it a true international destination once more, but by somehow creating a resort within the city—something that they claim would be the first of its kind. Expect hotels, a marina, and a park larger than London's Hyde Park. Rounding things out would be at least a kilometer of new beachfront.
There have been plans for this space before—including as a financial district—so we will believe it when we see it. However, we have to remain optimistic that this time things will finally get off the ground. After all, a few days at a seaside resort within city limits sounds like it fits with the #staycation trend.