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Lufthansa Closes Thessaloniki Office

In the wake of the many repercussions after the September 11 disaster, some companies were quick to cut costs in hopes of staving off financial disaster. The German carrier Lufthansa, for example, announced the closure of its Thessaloniki office.

Lufthansa Increases Capacity Between Athens And Frankfurt

Lufthansa German Airlines has reported that for the first time more than 300,000 passengers in the month of July have traveled between Athens and Germany. Due to high demand, the carrier in April placed an Airbus A300-600 instead of and A 320/321 on the route, which increased...

A note by the publisher

No one can blame business people for doing their best to get better prices for the services they must pay in order to get a job done. But there should be a limit to how far they will go to achieve such aims. A question in point is the new international Eleftherios Venizelos...

Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos To Cut Rates

Negative reports in local newspapers concerning the new Athens International Airport at Spata, Elefterios Venizelos, may have played a role in the airport's recent announcement that it will lower airport fees later this year. The newspaper reports concentrated on the lower...

SETE Questions Government’s Tourism Data And Methods

A delegation from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) met with Prime Minister Costas Simitis last month, at his request, where the tourism professionals expressed their belief that the government has failed to take tourism seriously.

Athens Airport Defends Pricing Policies

The Athens Skal Club called on top-level executives from the new Athens international airport to join members for the monthly luncheon and explain why the airport charges are so high. The club's president, Makis Fokas, welcomed two executives and explained the problems the travel...

New Offers For Olympic Airways

Axon Airlines SA, Golden Aviation Services (the Restis shipping group), Integrated Airline Solutions and Cyprus Airways deposited new bids for the purchase of national carrier Olympic Airways. As we go to press, bidders are said to be on their way to London to discuss the bids...

Travel Agents Blame Government For Tourism Arrival Decrease

Because government employees can not do their job properly and because government is unable or unwilling to give the proper incentive or education to rectify the matter, Greece loses billions of drachmas in precious tourism foreign exchange, says Yiannis Evangelou, president of...

Athens No Longer Considered A Saturated Area For New Hotel Units

Some 20 new hotels with a total capacity of some 5.000 beds and costing an estimated 100 billion drachmas are expected to be built in Attica over the years leading up to the 2004 Olympics, Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis said last month.
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Aktina Leads The Way

Just a few years after it was first founded in 1975, Piraeus-based Aktina has lead the way for other Greek travel agencies. The office became an IATA member in 1977 and in 1981 the company foresaw new market developments and was one of the few to convert the personal company into...

Olympic Airways Speeds Up Privatization And Gets Funds For Spata Move

Olympic Airways will relocate to the new airport at Spata come March next year following approval from the European Commission for the diversion of funds intended for plane purchases.

New Athens Airport Turned Over To Management Company

Athens's new Eleftherios Venizelos airport at Spata, 13 kilometers out of the capital, last month was handed over by the Hochtief-led consortium that built it in just over four years to the company that will undertake the management until 2030 (The Greek state has a 55-percent...

State To Cover Olympic Airways Debts

The government is willing to meet Olympic Airways' debts despite the anticipated reaction from the European Union, said Transport Minister Christos Verelis in a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea.

Tourism Industry Unhappy With State Tourism Policies

Spiros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), called the tourism press corps together last month to reiterate industry complaints that the government was not doing its best to confront tourism problems.

Handling Companies Head for New Athens Airport

Olympic Airways was selected to supply ground, cargo and fuel into-plane handling services as the new Athens International Airport at Spata.

Uzbekistan Airways Inaugurates New Flights With New Jet

Uzbekistan Airways called on Greece's travel professionals last month to help it celebrate the introduction of its new Athens-Rome-Tashkent flight. The new scheduled flight, with a new Boeing 757, arrived at the Athens airport on April 6 with all seats full. Rafik Ilyasov,...

New Athens Airport 93% Complete

By the end of this September, the Athens International Airport at Spata becomes a reality. "This airport, Europe's best," said Dr. Jorg Schill, chief executive officer for Athens International Airport, during a presentation of construction completed, "will be completed (in...

Grecotel Opens Omonia Grand Hotel

Greece's biggest hotel chain, Grecotel, last month officially opened its new city-center hotel, the Omonia Grand. This second city hotel of the group stands proudly in front of the capital's second most popular square, Omonia. Its first city unit, the 5-star Athens Plaza, faces...

Goldair Group Expands Rapidly

Stelios Golemis, head of the Goldair group, is set on placing his company on the top of the list of Greek tourism enterprises. Within the past few weeks, he has promoted his ground-handling subsidiary and enlarged that company's customer base with the addition of some of Europe's...