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Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

Thessaloniki’s Air Route Cuts Worry Professionals

“If Thessaloniki is excluded by air travel then the city will be unable to spread its wings and attract more potential visitors, especially at a time when hopes to boost the Greek economy have turned to tourism,” the Thessaloniki Hotels Association recently said.

Astir Group Up And Running

Astir Palace Resorts at the Athens suburb of Vouliagmenis starts off the new year with grand plans for modernization and expansion. Astir's managing director and general manager, Alexios Kimisis, says the group intends to spend more than 10 billion drachmas in a 5-year plan to...

Electronic Booking May Soon Replace Brochures

The brochure for travel may fade from travel offices within the next decade, according to the latest trends in travel sales. Major tour operators are planning Internet websites, with videos of destinations, to eventually replace the now standard printed brochures, which have...

WTM Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight

In what is a first for World Travel Market, the premier event for the global travel and tourism industry has joined forces with Airline Business, the industry’s leading boardroom title, to launch a high level two-day air travel conference on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11...
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Kostas Tsovilis, President Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE)

Philoxenia 2012 greeting. Despite initial predictions, Greek tourism this year weathered the storm and kept strong. However, problems did not disappear. As we all know, travel by air is the main gateway to our country and we must support and be rational to the operation of air...
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More Complaints On Greek Tourism Services This Year

Consumer complaints in regards to Greek tourism services amounted to 72 reports from 1 July-15 August 2013 compared to 56 complaints filed last year for the same period, the Consumers’ Protection Center (KEPKA) said recently.

IATA: Demand For Air Travel Picks-up In August

International passenger traffic rose 6.7 percent in August, with all regions showing growth over the previous year, according to the global passenger traffic results for August released recently by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Missing AirAsia Plane Likely at Bottom of Sea

Indonesian rescue authorities said on Monday that the missing AirAsia plane is most likely at the bottom of the sea as the search to locate Indonesia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 passengers continues in a wider area.

Bodies, Wreckage Spotted in Missing AirAsia Plane Search

Indonesian senior officials said on Tuesday that rescue crews have spotted bodies and debris, including suitcases and life vests, in the Karimata Strait off the coast of Borneo, in their search to locate the missing AirAsia flight carrying 162 passengers.

Greece Tops World List of Airline Route Launches

Greece is among the top 10 countries worldwide to have introduced new flights in 2014, according to anna.aero, a weekly e-journal and website devoted to global airline/airport network planning issues.

Restrictions for Travellers to US

Effective January 1, the US Federal Department is implementing restrictions concerning the transport of hazardous materials applicable to all passengers travelling to cities in the US.

Germanwings Launches Flights from Dusseldorf to Athens

German low-cost carrier Germanwings announced on Wednesday, the launch of direct flights from Dusseldorf to Athens starting in March.

Transavia Gets Makeover

Accessibility, affordability and hospitality are the pillars of Transavia’s latest rebranding and expansion policy.

Mykonos, Kalamata Airports Top Europe Passenger Growth List

Greece is ranked sixth among 43 countries for the highest growth in passenger numbers in 2014, according to anna.aero’s (Airline Network News and Analysis) airport report released recently.

‘TAG Athens’ Taps into Airport’s Stopover Potential

Attracting travelers to Athens International Airport (AIA) by making it a stopover on their long-haul flights is the aim of the “TAG Athens” project, which kicked off on Tuesday, bringing Singapore Airlines and Aegean on board.

Emirates Launches 4th Daily Flight to Bangkok

As of December 1, Emirates Airlines will be servicing Bangkok daily with a fourth A380 service from Dubai.

Aegean Aims for the Sky, Launches 14 New Destinations from Athens

Aegean Airlines announced on Thursday, the introduction of 14 new destinations from Athens, 111 international routes to 45 countries and investments in four new Airbus A320 carriers.

Global Operation Cracks Down on Airline Scam, 133 Detained

A total of 162 suspicious transactions were reported and 133 individuals detained earlier this month during a joint operation to combat online fraud in the airline sector, Europol said in a recent statement.

Cyprus Reveals New National Carrier: Tus Airways

Based at Larnaka international airport and founded in June this year, Cyprus’ new national carrier, Tus Airways, is set to take to the skies in the coming months.