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New Tourism Measures Support Airlines, Employment

Minister of transport and communications, Evripidis Stylianidis, and minister for employment and social protection, Fani Palli-Petralia, recently announced measures to support the tourism sector.

Xenia Exhibition Promotes Quality Greek Tourism

The thirty-ninth international tourism industry exhibition Xenia was recently held in Athens under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism Development and the Greek National Tourism Organization, and was sponsored by Aegean Airlines.

British Airways Celebrates 75th Year in Greece

British Airways recently celebrated its 75th year in the Greek airline industry with the Athens-London flight, and the connection of Thessaloniki in 2005 to the British capital.

Athens International Airport Reveals 10% Passenger Traffic Increase

Athens International Airport announced another record-breaking year with a total of 16.5 million passengers in 2007, an impressive 10 percent increase from its 15.1 million passengers in 2006. There was an eight percent increase in the number of flights that for the first time...

Greek Know-how Travels to Beijing for the Olympics

Athens International Airport's experience and know-how is being shared with both the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and the Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) for the preparation and smooth operation of the arrivals and departures process at BCIA...

Aegean Airlines Receives First of Ten New Airbus

Aegean Airlines received the first of ten new Airbus A320/1's recently ordered by the airline to replace the six Boeing 737-300/400's, which are in the process of being withdrawn. The airline—whose total investment is some one billion euros—aims to acquire 25 new aircraft in...

Amphitrion Moves to New Premises

Amphitrion group of companies recently moved to new premises as part of its investment and development strategy. Amphitrion is now housed in new, modern, 2,000-square-meter offices at Megalou Alexandrou 7 & Karaiskou in Argyroupoli. The group of companies' telephone and...

HATTA and Oinotria Land Celebrate World Tourism Day

The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies celebrated its eightieth anniversary at Costas Lazaridi's Oinotria Land, which also celebrated 15 years since its creation. The event was held on the eve of world tourism day and was attended by the secretary general of...

Athens International Airport Retains its Title

The Official Airline Guide (OAG) recently announced the route Barcelona-Madrid to be the most frequent route with 971 flights weekly. The route Sao Paolo Congonhas-Rio de Janeiro with 894 weekly flights came runner up, and then Jeju-Seoul Gimpo with 858 flights and...

Thai Airways Launches New Direct Flight Athens-Bangkok

Thai Airways recently announced its new direct flight from Athens to Bangkok as of last month.

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.

11th Panorama Tourism Exhibition Moves to Expo Athens

The capital's biggest and most modern exhibition center, Expo Athens, is to host this year's Touristiko Panorama from May 4 to 7. The 32,500-square-meter complex is located at a central junction on Attiki Odos. Exit 14, heading towards Markopoulos, leads straight to the entrance...

Athens Area Creates Air-Sea Link

Athens International Airport (AIA) and the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), within the framework of further cargo development in Athens, signed an agreement last month for the development of a "sea-air" link between OLP and AIA.

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Designing Investment Policy For Greek Tourism

For Greece to become a more attractive tourism destination, investment must be oriented to improving quality of life by combining the uniqueness of the Greek lifestyle experience with the standards and values created by global community, says the Association of Greek Tourist...

Delta Celebrates 100 Days of Service

Delta Air Lines celebrated its 100th day anniversary for its non-stop service from Athens International Airport to Atlanta, Georgia. To date, the flight, which began in May, has provided service for more than 37,000 customers. The daily flight, aboard a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft,...

Aegean Picks Up Yet Another Quality Award

The European Regions Airline Association last month presented Greece's Aegean Airlines the Silver Award Airline of the Year 2004/5. Aegean Airlines' general manager, Dimitris Gerogiannis, accepted the award during a prestigious ceremony held in conjunction with the...

Greece and Cyprus Mourn Air Crash Victims

A Cypriot-based Helios Airways passenger jet, Helios Flight 522, crashed into a mountainside near Marathon, and about 40 kilometers north of Athens, on Sunday, August 14. All 121 people aboard, including the six crewmembers, were killed. Debris from the crash was spread at least...

Research Institute Says Greek Tourism Rebound Mild at Best

As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.