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Thessaloniki Hoteliers Upset Over CAA Decision To Block Extra Flights From Turkey

The Thessaloniki Hotels Association have expressed their disappointment with the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) recent decision to reject a Turkish Airlines request for a second daily flight to and from Thessaloniki.
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New Airline Plans To Connect Greece To U.S., Canada In 2014

New Greek-Canadian airline SkyGreece is planning next year to launch direct flights from Athens to New York and Athens to Toronto and Montreal.
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Greek Tourism Down By One Million Arrivals Last Year

International and domestic tourism arrivals at Greek airports were down by one million in 2012, according to recent data released by the Civil Aviation Authority.
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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...

In Retrospect With “Rita”

One of the Greek tourism industry's most eminent figures in public relations, Margarita Zambeli or “Rita” as referred to by all, retired after over 39 distinguished years in the industry. Ms. Zambeli, former public relations manager of Goldair Handling Group of Companies, spoke...

Greek Aviation, Land Transport To Change For The Better

Plans to modernize Greek aviation and land passenger transport and overturn obstacles that prevent foreigners from visiting Greece were announced recently by Transport Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.

Domestic Tourism Down During Holidays

Domestic tourism showed disappointing figures during the last holiday season as Greeks considered travel an “unaffordable luxury” and preferred to stay and celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays at home, press reports said recently.

Slight Recovery Expected For Greek Tourism In 2011

Foreign arrivals at 13 of Greece’s main airports increased by 0.85 percent year-on-year in September while the number of foreign visitors in Greece dropped 0.57 percent during the first nine months of the year, according to Civil Aviation Authority data released last month.

Greek Tourism Sees Steady Arrivals But Less Revenue

Greek tourism managed to withstand obstacles this season despite the economic crisis and hardships created by demonstrations and strikes, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said last month.

SETE’s Facts And Figures On Greek Tourism

“Our statistical data on Greek tourism clearly shows that the country’s tourism is entering a new state of recession of unknown duration,” General Manager of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) George Drakopoulos said.

Athens Airways Ousted From State-Subsidized Program

Athens Airways was recently declared in default by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and was annulled from serving the nine state subsidized air route destinations it had undertaken in April. The routes are now assigned to Olympic Air and Sky Express.

Aviation Chamber Sought To Tackle Problems

The establishment of an aviation chamber and the development of Greece’s general aviation to the benefit of areas where Greek regional airports are located are two issues that must be seen to immediately, according to the common conclusion of speakers at the fifth scientific...

Volcanic Ash Outcome On Tourism

From 15 April until 21 April a total of 1,177 flights to and from Greek airports were canceled due to the volcanic ash cloud from Ireland, according to Civil Aviation Authority data.

Air Travel Complaints In Greece Drop In 2009

Complaints made last year by passengers against airline companies dropped 13 percent when compared to 2008, according to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Contenders Announced For Remote Greek Island Routes

Five airlines have expressed interest in the tender for the operation of the 24 state-subsidized air routes to remote Greek islands for the period 1 April 2010-31 March 2012.

Olympic Air Grabs Last Agones Grammes Routes

The operations of the nine remaining state-subsidized air routes (24 in total) to remote Greek islands were awarded to Olympic Air at the price of 5,220,527 euros, the Civil Aviation Authority announced in late November 2009.

Agones Grammes Interim Tender Causes Clashes

MIG President Andreas Vgenopoulos recently criticized Transport Deputy Minister Nikos Sifounakis as he made reference to a "scandalous government inability" and "lack of specific policy in air transports" in regards to the latter's handling of the interim state-subsidized...

Aegean Airlines Sets The Record Straight

Aegean Airlines last month rejected allegations from Olympic Air that the launch of the Thessaloniki-Istanbul route on 9 September was a result of a secret agreement between the airlines, the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Dimitrios Mantousis

This year's 25th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia takes place amid a global economic crisis with tourism figures that have fallen considerably. In real terms it is a drop that has reduced turnover by 30 percent. It is encouraging that 2010 will be better than this year.

New Era Of Olympic Begins: Olympic Air

“Greece is high above,” was the slogan of Olympic Air's press conference held last month in regards to the launch of operations of the new and privatized Olympic that replaces the loss-making state carrier Olympic Airlines.