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Mykonos's New Airport Promises to be Worthy of Jackie O.

In 2021, jetsetters will be able to live their most glamorous lives at the Greek island from the moment they land.
IMAGE COURTESY K-STUDIO, SEM / GETTY IMAGES
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When Jackie Kennedy famously arrived in Mykonos in 1961, she was greeted by the mayor, famous dignitaries, and, notably, a large white pelican named Petros. Though it is impossible for modern jet-setters to replicate such an entrance, the newly redesigned Mykonos Airport might come close.

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Jackie Kennedy with Petros the Pelican and Captain Stambolis upon arriving at Mykonos in 1961.
Photo by SEM / GETTY IMAGES.

Set to open in 2021, the light, airy design was inspired by traditional Cycladic architecture (Think: The stunningly soft white buildings frequently associated with the Greek islands). Soothing courtyards with trees and breezeways will make way to a completely reworked airport, currently a maze-like assemblage of numerous renovations.

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Designers K-Studio and Betaplan wanted to create a tranquil airport experience in Mykonos
Photo by COURTESY K-STUDIO.

The architects and designers behind the new building, K-Studio and Betaplan, made sure to load up on the modern conveniences. After all, Dimitris Karampatakis, Antonis Tzortzis, Michalis Skitsas of K-Studio, who also designed Greece’s luxurious Vora Villas in Santorini, are sensitive to the importance of making these highly traversed locations double as ambassadors to the country. They envisioned a place “that welcomes visitors and bids them farewell with the characteristic warmth and optimism of the island," where check-in is seamless and perfectly sunlit.

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Sunlit walkways and trees offer a warm welcome (or farewell) to visitors.
Photo by COURTESY K-STUDIO.

They aren’t alone—the developer behind the project, Fraport Greece, reported that the total renovations will cost 25 million euros (approximately $28 million), and that they hope to create “a worthy gateway to this outstanding island.” 

The airport's grand reveal was quickly followed by the announcement of a new semi-private jet service. Aero is now offering nonstop flights between Ibiza and Mykonos from mid-July to mid-August. Though island-hopping has always been a prized activity among the elite, in practice it is far more elegant if you have a private jet. Aero will bridge the gap with its semi-private model, where flights will cost around $1,400.

Sipping an iced coffee beneath an olive tree waiting on a private jet to Ibiza sounds just like the sort of thing to earn Jackie's approval. As for the personal pelican greeter? Perhaps in 2025.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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