Costa Navarino has played a key role in attracting new and more frequent flights to Kalamata airport, resulting in an increase from 200 flights in 2009 to more than 1,000 international flights in 2014, making it the third fastest growing airport in Europe. In 2016, a growth rate of 350% in international aircraft arrivals was achieved, compared with 2009 figures, establishing the airport as the gateway to the Peloponnese. The growth of Kalamata airport is expected to continue in 2017 as 25 European destinations will have direct connections with the city of Kalamata bringing an anticipated 314% increase in passenger arrivals relative to 2009. The key role of Costa Navarino in the remarkable development of Kalamata airport has been widely acknowledged by the local community. All the municipalities of the region, the regional authorities of Peloponnese and the local chamber of commerce unanimously decided to rename the airport as Kalamata International Airport “Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos”, in recognition of the enormous contribution of the founder of Costa Navarino to the region, its local economy and people.