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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:24 PM   #41
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Are those airport projects still ongoing given the economic crisis?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 10:33 PM   #42
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With difficulties, but yes they are evolving, Volos terminal is finished and Thessaloniki expansion of runway is being build.The rest are on starting process or even design.
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Old July 7th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #43
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Athens "Eleftherios Venizelos"

According to a guy from www.airliners.gr the plans for the satellite terminal are moving ahead. The plans includes increasing capacity and new commercial spaces.
At the moment there is a general trend for the study project which will be completed by mid 2009.
2010 will start the construction of a multi parking.
The project will oversee the architectural firm of Theophanis Bobotis.

The first and only time I used the underground pedestrian way between the main terminal and satellite terminal at Eleftherios Venizelos was upon arrival on a Swiss Intl A320 from ZRH during the 2004 Olympic Games. The pedestrian tunnel seemed very nice and spacious. I seem to recall that it did not have the option of a moving walkway. And that the length was close to 500m. Perhaps this is why upon disembarking from the aircraft we were given the option of boarding a shuttle bus for the main terminal.

Yet on my departure 10 days later we boarded a shuttle bus at the main terminal lower departure gates and were shuttled to the Satellite Terminal to and took the staircase up to the gate area before boarding the Swiss Intl A320 through the JetWay (boarding bridge).

My questions are as follows:

1) Were major airlines somehow opposed to their passengers having to walk the distance of the pedestrian "Link" tunnel to the Satellite Terminal?

2) Are any new boarding gates (with JetWays) going to be installed in the Main Terminal - Satellite Terminal bridge?

3) Or is the sole purpose of the above ground Main Terminal - Satellite Terminal bridge to add retail space (shops, restaurants, etc) to get travelers to part with more Euros.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #44
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EU's Almunia: Looking for Olympic, Aegean solution

BRUSSELS, Nov 17 (Reuters) - EU regulators are still seeking concessions from Greek carriers Aegean Airlines and Olympic [OLY.UL] before deciding whether to allow their proposed merger, the EU's competition chief said on Wednesday.

The airlines want to merge to better compete with foreign rivals, but the combined carrier would dominate Greece's domestic market, with a fleet of 64 aircraft and a workforce of 5,850.

The European Commission, which launched an in-depth investigation into the bid in July, has until Jan. 12 to decide on the plan.

"We are finding some difficulties. We are in contact with the parties. We still have time to find an adequate solution. We are preparing our final decision in close contact with the parties in finding an adequate solution," Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a news conference.

He said the case had similarities to Irish airline Ryanair's takeover bid for rival Aer Lingus in 2007, which was blocked because of concerns it would create a monopoly.

The regulator had then cited inadequate concessions offered by Ryanair to soothe its worries. Carriers typically give up airport slots or provide access to their frequent flyer programmes, among others, to secure approval.

"If we cannot find a solution that will avoid competition problems, we will react accordingly," Almunia said.

Buyout firm Marfin Investment Group bought Olympic last year, despite a higher Aegean offer, because of Greek government concerns that the EU competition watchdog might block a combined Aegean-Olympic deal.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #45
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ATH | Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport opened in 2001 to replace the Ellinikon Airport. It is to be developed in six phases. The first phase has 2 runways, a main terminal, and a satellite terminal. At full buildout, the airport will possibly contain two main terminals and eight satellite terminals, though it is unknown if any runways should be added.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #46
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Old July 17th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #47
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One of the best airports in the Balkans, if not the best.









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Old November 28th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #48
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TG ending ATH service?

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Old November 29th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #49
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Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport opened in 2001 to replace the Ellinikon Airport. It is to be developed in six phases. The first phase has 2 runways, a main terminal, and a satellite terminal. At full buildout, the airport will possibly contain two main terminals and eight satellite terminals, though it is unknown if any runways should be added.
Given Greece's current troubles I can't see how those numbers (2 main terminals + 8 satellites) are in any way realistic, feasible or affordable - certainly not before next century! (sorry, just being realistic and honest)
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Old November 29th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #50
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TG ending ATH service?

Now, THAI temporary suspend service to ATH in Winter 2011-2012 schedule, but I don't know after winter season THAI will extend suspend or not.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:07 AM   #51
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Given Greece's current troubles I can't see how those numbers (2 main terminals + 8 satellites) are in any way realistic, feasible or affordable - certainly not before next century! (sorry, just being realistic and honest)
Being realistic, the terminals will be constructed sooner or later into the next 5 years and Germans (through EU funds) will pay the bill, as in every project constructed.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:53 AM   #52
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One of the best airports in the Balkans, if not the best.

3 BA B744 aircraft in ATH... Please explain???

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Old November 30th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #53
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Being realistic, the terminals will be constructed sooner or later into the next 5 years and Germans (through EU funds) will pay the bill, as in every project constructed.
Yeah, but only if Greece's money spending logic shown to date is maintained! I hope not though!
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Old November 30th, 2011, 09:45 PM   #54
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Old November 30th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #55
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^Australian Greeks heading to their motherland....
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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:15 PM   #57
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2001? Same time around Seoul Incheon was finished.

Airport the design of the building itself, doesnt really look that great from photos though. And I thought it would be a lot bigger since Greece is a big tourist destination.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #58
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^Yeah the exterior is a bit of conservative design for some reason. In 2001 they closed the old Helikon Airport. Going back to your second question, You have to keep in mind that Greece has many island airports. That was not the case in the 70s and 80s.
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3 BA B744 aircraft in ATH... Please explain???

I would love to know more as well.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 03:16 PM   #60
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3 BA B744 aircraft in ATH... Please explain???

Yep I was too curious to let this one go lol

I looked up the photo on airliners.net its dated 20 Dec 2010. Heathrow was snowbound so there were a lot of diversions including 3 BA 744s to Athens

BA12 from Singapore operated by Boeing 747-400 G-BYGB diverted to Athens.

BA28 from Hong Kong operated by Boeing 747-400 G-CIVB diverted to Athens

BA10 from Sydney and Bangkok operated by Boeing 747-400 G-BNLY diverted to Athens.

(All from The BA Source website)
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