Slashed State Subsidies for Air Routes May Lead to Isolation of Remote Greek Islands

Distant Greek islands are feeling the brunt of lowered authorities spending with the transport ministry asserting a 63 p.c drop in subsidies for airways endeavor flights to those areas and tourism sector professionals expressing their discontent.

In line with Greek each day Ta Nea, aviation insiders are saying that decreased authorities allocations to airways serving distant routes have made it “prohibitive for carriers to take part within the new tender” launched by the Civil Aviation Authority. The deadline for bids to tackle the operation of 28 distant routes for the October 2016-September 2020 interval has been set for August 3.

In the meantime, tourism sector professionals and locals are ringing alarm bells, saying the dearth of connections will inevitably result in a decline in income from tourism, significantly for the smallest islands.

The earlier tender for the March 2012-March 2016 interval with bids submitted by Olympic Air, Astra, Sky Specific and Aegean acquired subsidies to the tune of 157.4 million euros or 39.35 million per yr.

Earlier this yr, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis had stated the present “expensive” system would bear restructuring primarily based on standards resembling seasonality, passenger visitors, mileage, island inhabitants and financial traits of every space.