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Greece’s Airways Back to Safety Level 1

After spending about five years in safety Limbo, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority recently was upgraded to the first category in flight safety by the U.S. federal aviation authority.

Olympic Games Study Shows Athens 2004 a Champion

Every city to have hosted the modern Olympic Games inherited improvements in infrastruc-ture, Olympic installations, facelifts, tourism promotion and a better environment through greater green spaces, says a survey by the international consultancy company Jones LangLalle.

Arrivals Up, Overnights Down

Arrivals in Athens may have increased in the first quarter of 2005, according to Athens International Airport data, but the Attica Hoteliers' Association released data last month that show hotel occupancy rates down by an average 4.4 percent against the same quarter of last year.

Delta Receives Athens Airport Award

Delta has been named the "Fastest Growing Airline for North America" by Athens International Airport at the first award ceremony of its kind. Delta's commercial director for Greece and Cyprus, Dimitri Karagioules, said on receiving the award that "Delta is delighted to receive...

Upmarket Travelers’ Services at Olympus Plaza Parks

Olympus Plaza Food Parks, a group of companies formed by Everest (a food company with 51% ownership of Olympic Catering) and Macedonian Shipping Agencies (providers for transport, tourism and the cruise ship companies), continues its expansion program.

Athens Airport Posts 63% Profit Increase

Athens International Airport announced last month that full-year pretax profit in 2004 jumped 62.9 percent year-on-year to 47.1 million euros, boosted by the Summer Olympic Games and increased passenger traffic.

Two of Greece’s Biggest Travel Agencies Initiate Merge

Two of Greece's major travel enterprises took the plunge last month and started off the new year with a merger announcement. Panagiotis Zerzivilis of Aktina Travel and Giorgios Economou of Marine Tours said they merged their consolidation departments and formed a new company...

Former Olympic Sites Open to Commercial Development

The heads of four local authorities surrounding the huge former Olympic sites near the old Athens international airport, which had been earmarked four years ago to become "Europe's largest" metropolitan park, last month joined forces to express fear that the much of the...

Hellas Jet Continues Search for Buyer

Hellas Jet, a creation of Cyprus Airways, continues its search for a buyer after Dutch and British buyers backed out of a possible purchase agreement. Press reports say the airline will be forced to shut down.

Regional Authorities Now Urge for Lower Athens Airport Fees

The municipal authorities of the Saronic Gulf tourist islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses last month made a joint appeal for a reduction in usage charges at Athens international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, which they said would encourage more charter flights to the...

Planned New Convention Center Includes New Hotel

The Attica hotel owners association met with the head of Hellenic Tourism Properties recently to discuss the construction of a convention center at the old Athens International Airport at Hellenikon. When and if completed, the center will accommodate 8,000 participants. A hotel...

Athens International Airport Europe’s Best and Safest

Athens International Airport's "Eleftherios Venizelos" was recently voted the best and safest airport of its kind in Europe and the second best in the world, according to an independent survey carried out by the Global Airport Monitor of the International Air Transportation...

New Holiday Inn Opens Near Athens Airport

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos officially opened Greece's newest Holiday Inn, which sits on prestigious piece of property on Attikis Othos. The new five-star unit is expected to entice business people from the capital's Marousi-Kifissia suburbs as it's easy and quick to reach.

Airline Representatives Demand Second Athens Airport

The Association of Airline Company Representa-tives last month called on government to change present legislation so as to allow a second international airport to be created in the Athens area because, according to the association’s president, Dinos Frantzeskakis, the Athens...

Greece’s Lodging Units Outside of Attica Slash Prices

Negative data for the months of May and June, and a severe lack of bookings for the peak summer period, have forced lodging units outside of the Athens/Attica area to slash prices in an attempt to entice Greek holidaymakers.

Not All Greek Destinations Are Suffering

Numbers of visitors to popular Greek destinations outside of the general Athens area - passengers on scheduled flights arriving at Athens International Airport were up 14% during the first half of the year when compared with the same period last year - may not be as high as last...

Greece Airways Welcomed to Athens International

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos last month welcomed Greece Airways to the Athens airport community. The new airline, a subsidiary of Air Scotland but with Greek participation, recently launched two weekly scheduled services (every Monday & Friday) that...

Attica Hotels Experience At Least One Good Month

For the month of August at least, hotels in the general and greater Athens region managed to do well with their average occupancy rate hitting 95% during the Olympic Games, says the Attica Hoteliers’ Association.

Athens Airport Opens Environmental Information Center

Athens International Airport is about to open an environmental information center within its main terminal building, according to a recent press release issued by airport management.

Aegean Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Greece's number one private carrier, Aegean Airlines, celebrated its fourth anniversary recently and its 9,000,000th passenger. The airline began scheduled flights at the end of May in 1999 with two aircraft and four Greek destinations. Today, its 17 passenger aircraft executes...