The planned large-scale exercise at Mitilini Airport "Odysseas Elytis" was successfully completed
Fraport Greece, the operator of the 14 regional airports in Greece, successfully conducted a planned large-scale emergency exercise at Mitilini Airport "Odysseas Elytis" in collaboration with all relevant bodies.
During the exercise, in addition to the Fraport Greece personnel, all relevant bodies participated in these cases. Specifically, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection (G.S.C.P.), the Hellenic Police (H.P.), the Fire Department (F.D.), the National Center for Immediate Assistance (N.C.I.A.), the Health Operations Center, the Forensic Service of Mytilene, the Independent Directorate of Civil Protection of the Northern Aegean Region, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (H.C.A.A) and entities involved from the airport, such as the ground handling service provider and the Security Services Provider.
The scenario of the exercise concerned an aircraft accident outside the airport in a land area near Mitilini Airport "Odysseas Elytis". With the occurrence of the event, the Airport's Emergency Response Plan was immediately activated, with the simultaneous initiation of relevant operational procedures.
Specifically, actions were taken for the rescue, provision of first aid on the scene and the evacuation of passengers, in excellent coordination among the involved bodies. Simultaneously, the Airport Crisis Management Center was activated to coordinate the incident.
The purpose of conducting this large-scale exercise was to evaluate and potentially improve the operational response level to such an event. Mainly, it aimed to analyze the collaboration and interoperability of the involved entities in addressing such a crisis.
Following the successful execution of the large-scale exercise, which was conducted in collaboration with all the relevant authorities, Mr. Panagiotis Spiratos, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Fraport Greece, stated: "The successful completion of this specific large-scale exercise at Mytilini Airport “Odysseas Elytis”, through the collaboration of Fraport Greece and the other involved entities, is of critical importance for the safety of airports and flights. Fraport Greece, with its commitment to providing a high level of safety for passengers and the key links of air transportation, has planned a comprehensive strategic plan which includes this particular exercise. This plan is implemented on a permanent basis - at the 14 regional airports managed and operated by the company - including, among other things, the renovation of infrastructure, alignment of processes and operations with the highest European and international standards and the training of its personnel, with the goal of maintaining and enhancing the already high level of safety at the 14 regional airports."