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Ground Handling Services To Open In Greek Airports

A draft bill that sees the full and final opening of ground handling services at Greece’s 34 regional airports is under preparation, Infra­struc­ture, Transports and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas announced at a recent press conference.

Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air Discuss Partnership

Greece’s two largest carriers, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air, recently confirmed potential cooperation talks held between their major shareholders. Both companies have released no details so far.

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...

Olympic Air Officially Takes Off

Marfin Investment Group will continue to place public interest above short-term business interests for as long as Greece is tested by the crisis, said the company's President Andreas Vgenopoulos during the official inauguration ceremony of Olympic Air held at the company's...

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.

Thessaloniki Upset Over Olympic Route Cuts

The necessary route cuts to and from Athens were covered by alliances that Olympic Air secured with other airlines but a similar move was not made for Thessaloniki, which adds to the city's further aviation isolation, the Professional Chamber of Thessaloniki recently said.

Olympic Air Takes Off

Olympic Air, the successor of former state-run carrier Olympic Airlines, made its first official flight to Thessaloniki on 1 October with an Airbus 320. The first route symbolically retraced the route first taken by Aristotelis Onasis' Olympic Airways on 6 April 1957 with a...

Dinos Frantzeskakis

On the dawn of summer 2009 and a difficult tourism season, Philoxenia 2009 opens its doors once again. Despite the atmosphere of gloom and doom within the global airline industry, with diminishing profits, even bigger losses and the world economy still in disarray, a ray of hope...

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.

Olympic Air To Fly As Of October 2009

Marfin Investment Group (MIG) recently announced that preparations are in progress for the launch of the flight operations of Olympic Air.

Olympic Goes Through Revamp Process

Olympic Airline's owners, Marfin Investment Group (MIG), announced the designers of the carrier's new cabin crew uniforms last month.

State Sells Olympic Airlines

Marfin Investment Group sealed a deal with the Greek government and will buy Olympic Airlines now that the European Commission gave the green light for the sale and a joint ministerial privatization committee approved the deal.

EU Agrees to Olympic Airlines’ Privatization

The European Union last month gave its consent to Greece's plan to privatize the Greek carrier Olympic Airlines next year, but said the airline must pay back 850 million euros in illegal state aid it received between 2005-2007.

Olympic Airlines Administration Shuffle

Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis recently rearranged the administration of Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways-Services and Pantheon Airways.

Aviation Crisis to Hit “Eleftherios Venizelos”

The crisis within the aviation market, which has already reached alarming proportions in the USA, is slowly beginning to have an impact on Greece, say representatives from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos.”

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...

HATTA Says Tourism Needs Olympic and Aegean

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Services recently hosted an annual event by members of the board and the association's air matters committee in honor of the airline industry. Representatives from airline companies and distribution companies (CRS) as well as members...

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Predicts Tourism Levels in 2008

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently held its final meeting for 2007 in the presence of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the political leadership of the Greek National Tourism Organization.