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If you're traveling to Greece soon, here's what you need to know.

Andrea Romano
November 13, 2017

The airport on the Greek island of Mykonos closed Monday for runway repairs that will take two weeks. While that poses an immediate inconvenience to travelers, there are likely to be some long-term benefits.

The work is part of an effort to modernize 14 airports in Greece that have seen big traffic growth over the summer. Mykonos Island National Airport alone saw passenger growth of 51 percent in October, according to transport company Fraport.

Mykonos is an increasingly popular vacation spot that has attracted celebrities for decades. Jackie O and Grace Kelly visited in the 1960s, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, and Bella Hadid are among more recent vacationers.

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At the Mykonos airport, new, stronger asphalt will be laid down that meets the latest requirements, Airports of the World reported. Beyond the runway repairs, Fraport is also planning to increase the size of the terminal; add more check-in counters, departure gates and security lanes; and build a new fire station.

“We have made all efforts and taken all measures to minimize any inconvenience for the passengers during this period,” Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell said in a statement.

If you had planned to fly into Mykonos in November, contact your airline for status updates.

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