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Thessaloniki Displays Poor Transport System

Thessaloniki presents a significant setback in air transport and shipping, according to a research study conducted recently by the Professional Chamber of Thessaloniki.

In regards to air transport, the negative responses on aviation capacity for domestic and international flights reached 84 percent and 90 percent respectively, while service quality at the Macedonia Airport was characterized as “unsatisfactory” by 73 percent of the replies.

The Thessaloniki Port also received negative responses as 58 percent of the respondents considered Thessaloniki’s coastal connection to be insufficient and 49 percent criticized the absence of local sea transport.

Thessaloniki’s rail service was also mentioned as a major problem by 80 percent of respondents who refered to the lack of the suburban network while 47 percent complained about service reliability and 38 percent mentioned problems in the connections to domestic and international destinations.

As for Thessaloniki’s tourism image, 46 percent of the respondents called for improvement on transport infrastructure, 41 percent mentioned that tourist areas must be redeveloped and 39 percent  said that an improved tourism campaign is needed.

The survey was presented at a conference of the Professional Chamber of Thessaloniki in regards to the development of Thessaloniki and 582 companies/members were interviewed.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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