Displaying items by tag: Greece http://ttgbalkans.com Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:07:41 +0000 en-gb Athens International Airport hosts 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1065-athens-international-airport-hosts-feel-free-to-feel-green-exhibition.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1065-athens-international-airport-hosts-feel-free-to-feel-green-exhibition.html Athens International Airport hosts 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition

Further highlighting its dedication to green initiatives and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Athens Video Art Festival, Athens International Airport is hosting an 'Environment and Culture' exhibition from September 3 until December 31, 2014.

The exhibition is to display contemporary pieces by local and international artists, promoting environmental awareness under the theme of 'Feel Free to Feel Green'.

Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy video art, animation, installations and digital images, plus more. They well be granted the opportunity to explore the relationship between modern man and the environment, as well as the role technology plays nowadays.

The 'Feel Free to Feel Green' exhibition will be presented in the 'Art & Environment' showroom on the departures level and is open to the public 24 hours a day.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:20 +0000
Aegean Airlines announces boost in results for H1 of 2014 http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1063-aegean-airlines-announces-boost-in-results-for-h1-of-2014.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1063-aegean-airlines-announces-boost-in-results-for-h1-of-2014.html Aegean Airlines announces boost in results for H1 of 2014

Aegean Airlines has reported improved results for the first half of 2014, resulting from the benefits of its network expansion and from cost synergies with Olympic Air.

Consolidated revenue increased by eight per cent to €388.6 millio, compared to the combined revenue of both companies in 2013. Consolidated pre-tax earnings reached €22 million from €7.2 million and after-tax earnings rose to €16 million from €6.9 million in 2013.

It should be noted that due to seasonality the first half is traditionally said to be the weakest semester in performance.

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air carried 4.3 million passengers in the first half of 2014, 16 per cent more than the previous year, achieving further improvement on load factor to 76 per cent from 74 per cent, despite the high number of new destinations launched during the period.

In June 2014, the company reached a historic milestone by exceeding one million monthly passengers for the first time. Traffic in the domestic network surged by 19 per cent, driven mainly by lower fares which boosted demand for main markets as well smaller island destinations. International traffic out of the eight aircraft bases rose by 13 per cent, with Athens registering a higher growth rate of 17 per cent, as the market recovered for the first time since 2008.

Managing director, Aegean Airlines, Dimitris Gerogiannis commented: "Olympic Air synergies are gradually maturing bringing unit cost improvements and increased flows from connectivity. Our investment in incoming leisure and tourism over the last five years now brings tangible results for Aegean. This is so, despite the significant rise in competitive capacity to our market as well as new source market related challenges faced in Russia and Ukraine.

He added: "We are benefiting from scale economies and network development and we will continue to gradually but consistently pursue this strategy while making new investments in quality and competitiveness as most recently with our decision to take delivery of seven brand new Airbus A320 aircraft in 2015/2016."

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Transport Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:32:31 +0000
Aegean Airlines welcomes heightened passenger numbers http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1045-aegean-airlines-welcomes-heightened-passenger-numbers.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1045-aegean-airlines-welcomes-heightened-passenger-numbers.html Aegean Airlines welcomes heightened passenger numbers

Marking a successful month, Greek carrier, Aegean Airlines has reported that international passenger traffic significantly increased by 11 per cent at Thessaloniki airport from June-July 2014.

The airline serviced 159,945 passengers, a notable jump on 2013 numbers which stood at 144,288.

The increase in traffic is said to have resulted from the expansion of Aegean Airlines' bolstered international network.

Adding to this, the carrier's international passenger traffic increased dramatically at the airports of Heraklion and Chania in Crete by 30 per cent during the June-July period, welcoming 196,572 passengers.

The airline also witnessed a 19 per cent jump in numbers at Rhodes International Airport during the same period, welcoming 96,038 passengers from 80,698 during the same period last year.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:12:45 +0000
Athens International Airport recognised by ATRS with Efficiency Excellence Award http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1031-athens-international-airport-recognised-by-atrs-with-efficiency-excellence-award.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1031-athens-international-airport-recognised-by-atrs-with-efficiency-excellence-award.html Athens International Airport recognised by ATRS with Efficiency Excellence Award

Athens International Airport (AIA) recently scooped Air Transport Research Society's (ATRS) Top European Small-Medium Size Airport Efficiency Excellence Award in its annual benchmarking study of commercial airports spanning Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and North America.

Based on an in depth analysis of airport cost and revenue data, the study assesses the productivity and efficiency of almost 200 airports.

Commenting on the occasion was CEO, AIA, Yiannis Paraschis: "We are very pleased and indeed honoured that Athens International Airport has been distinguished by the esteemed Air Transport Research Society as the most efficient airport in its category in the performance benchmarking.

Paraschis continued: "Thanks to its solid basis, AIA has managed, despite adversities, to address significant market challenges, protect its business model and continue to deliver substantial value to all stakeholders and the Greek economy.

"Targeted efforts towards minimising traffic losses and revenue streams, in combination with operating cost optimisation, have been key to that end and allowed AIA to post healthy results, without compromising its value for money services. At a turning point of strong recovery at present, we believe that what makes an organisation capable of weathering a storm and come out even more efficient and effective, is clearly its ability to continuously change and adapt," he concluded.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:47:04 +0000
Visit Greece unveils Aristotle's Lyceum http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/1030-visit-greece-unveils-aristotles-lyceum.html http://ttgbalkans.com/tourism-boards/item/1030-visit-greece-unveils-aristotles-lyceum.html Visit Greece unveils Aristotle's Lyceum

Visit Greece recently unveiled a brand new tourist attraction in the heart of Athens, Aristotle's Lyceum, one of the oldest gymnasia in ancient Athens.

Offering an ideal setting for a stroll or relaxation, visitors can enjoy 11,500m² of peaceful surroundings housing fragrant plants such as rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, olive trees and pomegranate trees.

Aristotle's Lyceum features signs posted along remaining parts of the gymnasium's palaestra dated to the Roman times; two hypocaust chambers [ancient heating system]; a shaft and a well; the baths; the Ephebeum - Teaching Room; the Conisterium – where athletes powdered their bodies with dust or sand; the Elaeothesium – where athletes anointed their bodies with oil; and the Library.

Various benches are placed around the grounds allowing guests to sit back and relax. Visitors can also see the 130-seat belvedere where the terrain's grade offers a fine panoramic view.

The Lyceum of Aristotle will be open daily from 08:00 until 20:00 and is free of charge.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Tourism Boards Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:32:41 +0000
Aegean Airlines breaks passenger traffic record for June http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1026-aegean-airlines-breaks-passenger-traffic-record-for-june.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1026-aegean-airlines-breaks-passenger-traffic-record-for-june.html Aegean Airlines breaks passenger traffic record for June

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air's overall passenger traffic increased by 21 per cent in June of 2014, reaching 1,085,210 passengers, according to their latest figures.

This is the first time in the company's history that the monthly airline passenger traffic has exceeded one million passengers. June's increase reinforced the trend of the first six months of 2014 for the entire network, which also rose by 16 per cent, with a total of 4.3 million passengers.

It was also noted that as a result of the lower fare policy for the first time in the last five years, the increasing trend concerns domestic traffic as well, giving a 19 per cent boost for June and for the whole year. At the same time, in the international market, in June the company increased its operations from all Greek bases by 23 per cent.

Athens demonstrated particularly positive developments with a rise of 22 per cent in international traffic in June. The passenger traffic surge is attributed to the launch of new destinations such as Zurich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Birmingham, Hamburg, Marseille, Nantes, Catania, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Amman, Izmir and Smyrna, as well as to the traffic rise in traditional destinations. Furthermore, the bases of Heraklion, Thessaloniki and Rhodes showed an increase of 47 per cent, 11 per cent and 22 per cent respectively in June.

CEO, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air, Dimitris Gerogiannis said: "The development of the network with 17 new destinations, as well as the frequent and improved internal connections are now beginning to operate in a positive light, especially for the Athens base. Similarly, the development strategy of the seven other Greek hubs are also equally successful."

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Transport Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:36:33 +0000
Aegean Airlines scoops accolade for CSR http://ttgbalkans.com/more/csr/item/1015-aegean-airlines-wins-accolade-for-csr.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/csr/item/1015-aegean-airlines-wins-accolade-for-csr.html Aegean Airlines scoops accolade for CSR

Aegean Airlines recently received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for 2014 by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) as part of the 2014 ACCI Awards to enterprises and entrepreneurs.

The airline was given this particularly important distinction in recognition of its strategic decision to systematically invest in corporate responsibility. In this context, the company implemented once again this year a series of actions aimed at highlighting Greece's cultural heritage, developing tourism, promoting and reinforcing sports, adopting eco-friendly practices, and supporting vulnerable groups in society.

The award ceremony was held recently, at the Athens Concert Hall.

Chairman, Aegean Airlines, Theodoros Vasilakis said: "Indeed, social responsibility actions have been, since the early days of the company, an important and integral part of the company's culture, and our activity in this area has been ceaseless. Allow me to say that we would rather keep a low profile in this field. We are committed to continue, with a new impetus, to plan and implement actions and initiatives aiming at always being close to the Greek society and state. I would like to thank the chairman and the BoD of ACCI, because this distinction gives us new strength and endurance, qualities which are always useful."

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) CSR Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:48:06 +0000
Optimistic figures released for Greece’s tourism http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1014-optimistic-figures-released-for-greece’s-tourism.html http://ttgbalkans.com/more/leisure/item/1014-optimistic-figures-released-for-greece’s-tourism.html Optimistic figures released for Greece’s tourism

Greece's tourism industry is on the up with tourism receipts for April 2014 having risen by 35.8 per cent, compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the Bank of Greece recently.

The figures highlighted that in April 2014 tourism receipts reached €411 million whereas in April 2013, they reached €303 million.

A breakdown of the figures pointed to the fact that an increase of 39.6 per cent in tourism receipts came from residents of the 28-member EU countries. There was also a 34.7 per cent rise from visitors of non-EU countries.

A 50.9 per cent rise in arrivals from Germany and an 8.4 per cent from France were highlighted. Furthermore, the figures stressed an extraordinary 61.3 per cent surge in arrivals from the UK compared to the same time last year.

According to the press release, the surge in tourism receipts is a result of a rise in arrivals as well as the average expenditure per trip by 30.6 per cent and 5.3 per cent respectively.

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nhami@ttgmena.com (Nataly Hami) Leisure Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:17:49 +0000
Aegean Airlines passengers to enjoy London Heathrow's brand new Terminal 2 http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1011-aegean-airlines-passengers-to-enjoy-london-heathrow-s-brand-new-terminal-2.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1011-aegean-airlines-passengers-to-enjoy-london-heathrow-s-brand-new-terminal-2.html Aegean Airlines passengers to enjoy London Heathrow's brand new Terminal 2

As of July 23, 2014, Aegean Airlines passengers flying from London Heathrow Airport will be granted the opportunity to enjoy the airport's newly launched Terminal 2.

Designed specifically with the modern traveller in mind, terminal facilities feature state-of-the-art technology and a new level of service.

The check-in area has been designed with speed and efficiency in mind. Passengers can use one of 81 common-use automated service machines to check in and print out hand luggage stickers. Passengers can then proceed to the bag-drop point where hold baggage is scanned and checked in.

After passing security control, passengers enter the main departure lounge where they will have access to numerous F&B options, shopping outlets, rest areas and children's play areas.

Business Class and Miles&Bonus Gold passengers will have access to the brand new Star Alliance lounge, which is fully equipped with all comforts and amenities, and provides a great view of the runway.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:48:11 +0000
Cuba Cruise to set sail from Piraeus, Greece to Havana, Cuba http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1008-cuba-cruise-to-set-sail-from-piraeus-greece-to-havana-cuba.html http://ttgbalkans.com/transport/item/1008-cuba-cruise-to-set-sail-from-piraeus-greece-to-havana-cuba.html Cuba Cruise to set sail from Piraeus, Greece to Havana, Cuba

Canadian cruise specialist, Cuba Cruise, has announced that it will be sailing from Piraeus, Greece to Havana, Cuba in preparation for its second season.

Guests aboard the 25-day transatlantic voyage will visit popular ports in Southern France, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. They will continue their journey to Barbados, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Cuba. The cruise sets sail on November 28, 2014.

President, Cuba Cruise, Dugald Wells commented: "We're excited to kick off our second season with a multi-continent repositioning cruise on the M/V Louis Cristal. This is an exclusive travel opportunity to experience Europe's famous sea-side destinations, Morocco's exotic coast and turquoise Caribbean Sea all on one seamless voyage, and at a great price-point."

Guests can embark from Piraeus, Marseille, or Barcelona en route to their final stop, Cuba. The repositioning voyage includes four of Cuba Cruise's six regularly scheduled ports of call, which are Montego Bay, Cienfuegos, Punta Frances and Havana, providing a complimentary mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten path highlights.

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ttsierkezou@ttgmena.com (Tatiana Tsierkezou) Transport Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:16:27 +0000