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Greek Transport Ministry to Subsidize 12 Remote Island Air Routes to 2024

In efforts to secure year-round transport to Greece’s remotest island destinations, the Transport Ministry invited today airlines to enter a competition for subsidies to the tune of 24.6 million euros.

More specifically, 12 routes will be awarded to participating airline companies to be serviced between 1 October  2020 and 30 September 2024 and to be subsidized by up to 24.6 million euros excluding VAT.

Ermoupolis on Syros. Photo Source: syrosisland.gr
Ermoupolis on Syros. Photo Source: syrosisland.gr

The competition is open for the following 12 routes: Athens – Skiathos, Athens – Ikaria,  AthensSyros, Athens – Leros,  AthensAstypalea, Athens – Kalymnos, Athens – Skyros, Thessaloniki – Samos, Thessaloniki – Chios,  Thessaloniki – Kalamata,  RhodesKarpathosKassos, and RhodesKastelorizo.

The ministry will have the right to set the maximum fares based on route service period and minimum frequency of flights.

Recommended net fares (excluding taxes and fees) are: Athens – Skiathos and Athens – Ikaria (60-75 euros), Athens – Syros (55-70 euros), Athens – Leros and Athens – Astypalea (65-80 euros), Athens – Kalymnos (70-90 euros), Thessaloniki – Chios (70-85 euros), Athens – Skyros (50-65 euros), Thessaloniki – Samos (80-95 euros), Thessaloniki – Kalamata (85-100 euros), Rhodes – Kassos (45-60 euros), Rhodes – Karpathos (40-55 euros), Karpathos – Kassos (35-45 euros), Rhodes – Kastelorizo ​​( 40-55 euros).

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set the summer months of June, July, August, and September as peak season.

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