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Ionian Islands Prefect Launches Online Referendum on Greece’s Airport Deal

Corfu Airport

Corfu Airport. Photo: © Facebook – ΟΙ ΟΜΟΡΦΙΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΜΑΣ

Representing the Ionian islands, the regional governor Theodoros Galiatsatos has launched an online referendum on whether Greece should privatize its regional airports.

Zakynthos Airport. Photo: © Christaras A / Wikimedia Commons

Zakynthos Airport. Photo: © Christaras A / Wikimedia Commons

Four regional airports in the Ionian region, located on Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Aktion, are among the 14 that are to be leased and managed by Germany’s Fraport, jointly with Greek energy giant Copelouzos.

The referendum question basically asks Greeks registered to vote in the Ionian Region to decide for or against (“Yes” or “No”) the privatization deal.

The referendum will run until December 27, 2015 (at 23.59).

Greeks registered to vote in the Ionian Region can cast their vote here.

When the deal was first announced, Ionian Islands Prefect Theodoros Galiatsatos said that he opposed the privatization of the regional airports as he believes the deal would seriously impact the region’s economy.

According to Mr Galiatsatos, the government should opt for a new model for the management of airports with public character and the participation of local government and local productive institutions.

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  1. Gavin McCully Reply

    More like it will create major new opportunities and help protect the tourism industry! All of the Ionian Islands airports are in dire need of funds to repair, renovate and upgrade the facilities particular automated landing systems so that more airlines can service the airports…. as well as current ones being able to increase their services. All of which will create jobs within the airports and the surrounding area’s.

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