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Paros Airport opens for national and international flights

Posted by moodhacker on July 21, 2016 at 8:15 AM

 



More than 300 people a day will be able to book cheap tickets to  Paros

Addressing a ceremony officially opening the new Paros airport, Tsipras noted that the island was a beautiful spot in the heart of the Cyclades island group and also at the heart of the Greek economy's driving force, the tourism industry.

 

The hardest part of the project had been its final stage, the building of the new terminal, which had to be completed in time for the summer season and was carried out in the space of 102 days, he noted. Now, in spite of Greece's economic difficulties, there was a terminal able to to serve the needs of a modern airport, Tsipras said.

 

He also held up the new airport as an example of what can be achieved when local people get behind something and there is good cooperation between the state and private sector. The project will financially benefit the state, which will no longer have to pay 4.2 million euros a year to subsidise the low-traffic lines, while there will also be a benefit from the increase in passenger traffic since more than 300 people a day will be able to book cheap tickets in order to reach Paros. Among others, he announced that the savings from the new airport will allow two new helicopters for emergency airlifts.

 

The prime minister thanked the local community and the ordinary citizens that contributed to the completion of the project, adding that the benefits from the airport will allow its expansion and completion, with the installation of additional equipment. He noted that the terminal facilities will be doubled in size by the end of the year to reach 5,000 square metres, followed by an extension of the runway that will allow Paros to establish direct links with major European urban centres.

 

Tsipras went on to announce a plan to redesign and reorganise ferry routes to all Greek islands, while at the same time promoting seaplane bases throughout the Aegean in order to boost tourism. The number of visitors to the island was expected to increase by 150,000 a year and the tourist season to be extended, the prime minister added

Addressing the official  ceremony of  the new Paros airport, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in August  noted that the island  is a beautiful spot in the heart of the Cyclades island group and also at the heart of the Greek economy's driving force, the tourism industry.

 

The hardest part of the project had been its final stage, the building of the new terminal, which had to be completed in time for the summer season and was carried out in the space of 102 days, Greek PM noted Now, in spite of Greece's economic difficulties, there was a terminal able to to serve the needs of a modern airport, Tsipras said.

 

He also held up the new airport as an example of what can be achieved when local people get behind something and there is good cooperation between the state and private sector. The project will financially benefit the state, which will no longer have to pay 4.2 million euros a year to subsidise the low-traffic lines, while there will also be a benefit from the increase in passenger traffic since more than 300 people a day will be able to book cheap tickets in order to reach Paros. Among others, he announced that the savings from the new airport will allow two new helicopters for emergency airlifts.

 

The prime minister thanked the local community and the ordinary citizens that contributed to the completion of the project, adding that the benefits from the airport will allow its expansion and completion, with the installation of additional equipment. He noted that the terminal facilities will be doubled in size by the end of the year to reach 5,000 square metres, followed by an extension of the runway that will allow Paros to establish direct links with major European urban centres.

 

Tsipras went on to announce also a plan to redesign and reorganise ferry routes to all Greek islands, while at the same time promoting seaplane bases throughout the Aegean in order to boost tourism. The number of visitors to the island was expected to increase by 150,000 a year and the tourist season to be extended, the prime minister added




The new airport on the Greek island of Paros started additional passenger operations from August 4 by Olympic Air (OA, Athens Int'l) begining its  regular flights to Thessaloniki (in addition to its current public service obligation route from Athens).

 


The airfield, which will officially open to all traffic on July 25, features a 2,000m-long runway and a 750 square meter terminal building. It replaces an older facility which has become outdated.


Olympic Air has undertaken to cover half of the new terminal building’s budget.


Greek Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis also announced there are plans in the pipeline for upgrading airports on other Cycladic islands, including those on Milos, Naxos and Syros.Greek


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to inaugurate the airport on the Cycladic island, which will be connected with numerous destinations in Greece, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Northern Greece, and abroad.


Olympic Air announced also its latest offerings that include servicing Paros with larger aircraft, offering new seating options and availability at costs as low as 39 euros during August and September.


 

Olympic currently operates four daily services from Athens to Paros using Dash 8-100s. \

The schedule will be adjusted to three daily Dash 8-400 services when the new airport opens that will allow operations with the larger turboprops in its fleet.

The Thessaloniki service will operate twice weekly using Q400s as well but only seasonally until September 10.


 



 

sources: tornos news, ch-aviation

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