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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Regional airports to operate on 24-hour basis

  • [01] Regional airports to operate on 24-hour basis

    Greece's regional airports will operate on a 24-hour-basis, beginning with this year's tourism season, it was announced on Wednesday jointly by tourism development minister Fani Palli-Petralia and transport and communications minister Michalis Liapis, following a meeting between the two at the tourism ministry.

    The two ministers also announced measures aimed at contributing to the improvement of services at the airports with the creation of special reception areas as well as the airports' timely staffing by seasonal personnel.

    Liapis assured the tourism development ministry that he would examine the prospect of reducing the usage costs at the airports during the winter months, thus enabling Greek hoteliers to keep their hotels open during the winter months as well, albeit with lower rates, as per their desire.

    Further, the establishment of a committee was announced that would comprise the secretaries general of the two ministries, which would discuss day-to-day problems falling under the authority of the two ministries and recommend solutions.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Petralia noted the excellent cooperation between the two ministries, which she said has yielded results, citing as an example the 50 percent increase in passenger movement since last year at Chania Airport in Crete, following the airport's commencement of 24-hour-operation.

    Liapis, in turn, stressed that good, dependable movement projected the country's culture.

    The two ministers further discussed ways of attracting flights by low-cost airlines to Greece, while they also had an initial discussion on the prospect of using the military airport at Elefsis for for civilian flights as well.

    Wednesday's meeting was the first in a series by Petralia with various ministers for discussion of tourism-related matters.


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