The idea was first launched in 1986 by then Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. The new international airport of Iraklio (HER) in Crete Kastelli, which will replace the existing airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” in Neas Alikarnassos, has officially entered the implementation phase. Over the next few days technical and environmental studies will be sent to the local authorities to begin consultation to be completed in six months. The new airport will become operational in 2014. The existing airport in Heraklion will be closed and the area of 278 hectares (687 acres) will be returned to local communities for a large urban regeneration plan.
The creation of the new airport will require new roads, water and sanitation projects, including the transfer of the settlements located within the proposed runway (Archangelos, Roussochoria). The construction of a 17 km road will connect the airport with the National Road along the north coast of Crete, in the neighbourhood of Chersonissos. When finished, the distance from the city of Iraklio to the new airport will be approximately 40 kilometers. Complaints have been filed for lack of a new road linking the new airport to the south coast of Crete. [Edit] I found a map with the planned road infrastructure on the site of the Greek Ministry of Transport and Communications. Click on it for a larger size map. The labels on the map are in Greek, but you’ll figure it out. The blue lines are existing roads, the red ones are new or planned. From what I can see there is a connection foreseen to link the airport to the south. Don’t know what the complaint is about then.
The new airport (red area in the map below) will be constructed over an area of 600 hectares (1482 acres), adjacent to the current military airport in Kastelli. It has a runway of 3800 meters to accommodate larger aircraft. An additional area of 22 hectares (54 acres) is reserved for commercial activity south-west of the new airport. This is a very large project with a budget of 1.2€ billion for construction costs alone, and together with purchase costs including loans and other expenses, will reach 1.5€ billion.
For an update see also the article about the Construction of Iraklio airport in Kastelli Pediados of January 20th, 2011. Yes, that’s 2 years later.