The upgrade and modernization of the heliport on the island of Alonissos is complete, according to a posting on Twitter by the island’s official site “Visit Alonissos” on Wednesday.
Improvements include a new firefighting station, a new water tank, and a generator that will activate the lighting system in case of a power cut.
Additionally, a sliding door was added at the entrance, the area was cleared of wild grass, the signage repainted, and the lights on the helipad itelf replaced. With the collaboration of the National Meteorological Service (EMY), a local weather station was installed and is on trial operation.
An automated lighting system on the helipad can be acivated by a helicopter pilot during night landings on Alonissos.
The heliport is able to accomodate helicopters making emergency transfers of patients to the Greek mainland as well as private helicopters, and will be operational on a 24-hour basis, according to the deputy mayor Christos Florous.