The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA), in the framework of developing the airports and navigational aids infrastructure, appointed in 2001 a consortium of consulting engineering companies, led by OBERMEYER, for the design of passenger terminal, control tower, fire fighting station, cargo, extension of the existing apron, new connecting taxiway, new road network and car parking area in the airport of Ioannina (preliminary, final and detailed design), as well as for the preparation of the tender documents.
The existing passenger terminal cannot meet the new, enhanced requirements. The necessary development and modernisation of the passenger terminal raises diverse issues, which need attention, such as the design of a contemporary public building of large scale, with a complex function and multiple design parameters. Another important issue is the adaptation of the building to the local architectural environment and the building's presence as a landmark, in an area that lacks contemporary buildings of such scale. Operational specifications form a set of onerous demands to be satisfied through the design of the new terminal. Moreover, its construction must not interfere with the airport's ongoing operations, which shall continue unobstructed.
The design of the new passenger terminal aims at providing an optimum answer to all these issues, without compromising the architectural quality. The building's design is state-of-the-art in terms of form and function, but simultaneously has reference to the local architecture. Most important of all, the building combines the scale of a large public building with the human scale, in the best interest of optimum function. Finally, it should be noted that the roof of the building is a reference to the shape of an airfoil.
The new passenger terminal, with a total surface of 10,500m2, will accomodate intra-Schengen and extra-Schengen flights. The capacity of the airport shall reach 270,000 passengers per annum or 550 passengers during peak hour, corresponding to 4 departures and 2 arrivals or vice versa.
The project, with a budget of €30 million, is expected to be tendered in 2005.