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Greek Airport Traffic Up in First Six Months. Chania On Top of Regional Airports
14 July 2015 news,

Passenger traffic through Greek airports increased by 14.6 percent in the
first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2014, recording an
8.7 percent rise in the total number of flights over the same period,
according to data released by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA)
on Friday.

The HCAA findings reveal that 179,343 flights were handled by Greek

airports: 84,360 international and 94,983 thousand domestic — demonstrating an 11 percent increase in the
number of domestic flights

and a 6.8 percent rise in international flights — compared to the same period in 2014, which came to 164,964

At the same time, Greek airports handled 18.7 million passengers in the first half of 2015, marking a 14.6 percent
rise against the same period in 2014, which came to 16.3 million passengers.

For the month of June, the total number of domestic and international flights rose by 5.7 percent and total
passenger traffic by 13.05 percent. Athens, Thessaloniki and Chania airports were the busiest in June, recording
the highest passenger count.

Two “Blue Flags” for Falassarna
13 July 2015

Pahia Ammos 1 and Pahia Ammos 2 are two beaches in Falassarna
area, which earned -once again- the Blue Flag.

Falassarna is considered as one of the best beaches in Europe.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000

beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa,
Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and

marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information,
Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for
Environmental Education (FEE).
Bank Holiday extended but some payments allowed
15 July 2015

Greek authorities extended the bank holiday until Friday (17/7) and allowed a wider range of bank services, such
as more money to pensioners, payments of overdue and current installments on credit cards and loans, payments
to tax agencies, public sector enterprises, pension funds and private insurance companies.

A new legislative act issued by the Finance ministry also allows the transfer of money from one account to another
account within the same credit institution.
Plunge to death in Heraklion harboura
8 July 2015
A 30 year old woman died, in a tragic incident which occurred in Heraklion harbour, shortly before midnight.

Eyewitnesses saw a car floating on the sea and called the local Coast Guard Dept for help. A few minutes later,
divers pulled the body of a woman ashore.She was transferred to Venizelion Hospital by ambulance for an autopsy,
in order to find the exact causes of her death.

It is also unknown how the car plunged into the sea.

A preliminary investigation on this tragic incident is conducted by the local Coast Guard Dept.