Chinese investors eye Greek airports

Passengers walk in the departure hall of Athens' International airport during a 24 hour-general strike on October 5, 2011. A nationwide strike paralysed Greece's public sector and disrupted flights Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of civil servants protested deeper austerity cuts designed to avert a state default. The 24-hour walkout crippled trains and shut down schools and courthouses, while hospitals were placed on emergency staffing. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

ATHENS, Greece Greece's finance ministry says Chinese investors have "confirmed interest" in Greek airports that are due to be privatized.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras met in Athens on Thursday with a delegation from the operators of Shenzhen Airport in southern China and the Hong Kong-based Friedmann Pacific Asset Management.

A ministry statement said the investors had expressed interest in the privatization program for Athens International Airport and 37 regional airports.

Greece is seeking to reduce its 55 percent stake in the Athens airport and extend a private concession agreement that expires in 2026.