The Airport of Chios awaits its turn…-

Airline Industry, Aviation, Breaking News, Comment, Construction, Maritime Tourism, Tourism — By on July 29, 2016 at 9:35 PM
At Chios Airport

At Chios Airport

We welcome the inauguration of Paros’ airport today by Greece’s prime minister despite the opposition’s silly media uploads and we invite PM Alexis Tsipras to give the go ahead here and now for the ailing Chios airport! A timely reminder by John Faraclas: 

It is a must for the current government to proceed and finish a project which remains idle for nearly ten years due to the inability of local authorities, coupled with political confrontations – the usual dirty party politics and private  “vested” interests, which at the end of the day damage the well-being and progress of all Chiots!

There is no excuse whatsoever to have Greece’s fifth largest island in a delicate and sensitive geopolitical position, without a proper airport which will serve better the islanders and the thousands of tourists who wish to visit the island of mastiha, of Homer and the famous Seafarers as well as the Island of the Masters of the Seven Seas.

It is the duty of  the respective ministers of Shipping & the Aegean as well that of Tourism to end this mess immediately and proceed with the materialisation and completion of Chios’ enhanced airport – you dead well know what I mean. The opposition also must shut-up!

We feel awful here in London for over four decades that there are no charter flights direct to Chios with the usual planes for 300 passengers – as per the norm.

I don’t wish herein to mention anything for the procurement of turbo-prop planes. Let’s forget the past and see the now, here and now.

A couple of days ago a new Association was formed to improve the cruise industry in Greece. Chios can become a hub port and attract mega cruise-ships, but you  need an airport capable for inbound and outbound passengers. Just think of the benefits! The advantages of an improved airport are incalculable!

Finally, on a recent visit last year with a private plane, I was shocked to witness the working hours and shifts at Chios’ airport… Despicable… Of course the same applies to the majority of Greece’s airports and airfields stopping short the development of Air-Clubs. Private planes belonging to the afluent too, not only from the international shipping fraternity, will arrive en mass, as Chios has a lot to offer! Why they hide the truth from the Greek public on how airports work/operate in the European Union?

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