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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).
Kavros beach waters claim another swimmer
17 August 2015 apokoronas news
.A woman swimmer was found unconscious in the sea area of Kavros, Apokoronas,  shortly after 2:30 on Sunday

An ambulance took the woman to the General Hospital of Rethymno where despite the efforts of the medical staff the
woman died.

The coroner will determine the exact cause of death.

The identity of the woman, who is believed to be in hes 60s, was not made public.

In the same part of the beach in Kavros, a 65 year old  woman tourist died on 6 June and  in July another  woman
in her sixties was rescued by the life guard and was revived at Rethymnon General
Plunge to death in Heraklion harbour
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.
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.
Arrests on Crete for illegal camping in Preveli
13 August 2015
rare case of arrests for illegal outdoor camping was reported
this week in south Rethymno prefecture on Crete, with 14 people
briefly detained and charged for setting up tents in Natura program-
protected area.

The detainees included 12 Greek nationals and two foreign nationals,
an Italian and Frenchman, with the “trespassing campers” ranging in
ages from 18 to 61.

The exact site where a police operation took place was cited as the Preveli  region, in the municipality of Aghios

Authorities on the major holiday island said patrols will continue to … stamp out illegal camping.
Rain and accidents on 15 August
16 August 2015 apokoronas news

Five of the road accidents recorded in Heraklion prefecture, both in
the town and the national road around the  Bali turnoff have been
attributed to the heavy Saturday afternoon rainfall. A total of four
people people were taken to hospital with light injuries resulting
from just these five accidents.

There have been a number of other accidents on the day both before and after the sudden downpour, when the
roads were dry and visibility good. Amongst them were the ‘car that fell from the sky’ at 6:30 am in Kokkino Hani,
Heraklion. The 25 year old driver was taken to the PAGNI hospital injured but alive and with ‘good prospects of a
complete recovery’.Another accident where the driver miraculously escaped serious injury happened near Anogia
Rethymnon where a 43 rear old woman lost control of her car and fell 20 metres down the Tylissian Gorge.
Greek government grants 14 regional airports, including Chania, to German Fraport
18 August 2015

The first privatization of the SYRIZA-ANEL government is a reality, as the
concession of 14 Greek regional airports to German Fraport for 1.23bln
Euros has been finalized. The Greek government reached the decision
upon the recommendation of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development
Fund (TAIPED) after the relevant tender ended 3 months ago. The 14
airports are: Thessaloniki, Kerkyra, Chania, Cephalonia, Zakynthos,
Aktio, Kavala, Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Santorini and
Skiathos. The decision was made the Greek government’s cabinet
meeting on economic policies on August 13. According to the
government gazette there are no changes in the current concession compared to the one pushed by TAIPED. The
privatization of the regional airports was included in the new memorandum of understanding voted in Greek
Inspectors probe Knossos archaeological site shop for skipping on tax
7 August 2015 ekathimerini
Finance Ministry inspectors are probing the souvenir shop at the famed
Archaeological Site of Knossos on Crete for tax evasion.

The probe was launched after a team of inspectors, acting on a complaint
from a visitor, posed as tourists during a visit to the site and ascertained
that over the course of several hours shop employees did not issue a
single receipt for sales. Further investigation also revealed that the cash
register was not registered with the tax authorities as required by law.

“We will wait for the official findings of the tax authorities before we proceed with swift disciplinary action,”
Alternate Minister for Culture Nikos Xydakis said.

“We have zero tolerance for public sector workers who fail to defend the public interest,” he added.

The inspectors at Knossos noted that the salespeople at the site’s shop were recording sales in a ledger rather than
issuing receipts. Under questioning from the officials, staff members said that they were acting on orders “from
SkyGreece suspends operations temporarily  
28 August 2015  ekathimerini

SkyGreece Airlines on Friday announced the temporary suspension
of its operations. The airline began operating round trip services from Athens
and Thessaloniki to Toronto, Canada, in May.

The decision to halt services was the result of “financial setbacks” resulting
from the crisis, the company said in a statement released online. “As a result
of recent technical issues, the company is now facing a system-wide multi-day delay and significant additional
expenses,” the statement added.

Passengers were invited to contact travel agents for alternative travel arrangements. More information for travelers
was available on the company’s website.
Crete police fear more violence after vendetta shooting
24 August 2015  ekathimerini

TPolice in Hania, Crete, on Monday were keeping a close watch over a 24-year-old man in a critical condition at a
local hospital as a result of several gunshot wounds sustained earlier in the day following an assault believed to be
prompted by a vendetta.

The 24-year-old was shot at least five times at close range, including in the head and neck, and had to undergo
extensive surgery.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting, which occurred in the early hours of
Monday morning at a popular eatery in the old town of Hania in the presence of dozens of witnesses.

It is believed that the attack was prompted by a deadly altercation between the young men’s fathers in 2011,
prompting concerns about more violence.
Boat with migrants in Kos capsizes – seven people missing
25 September 2015 Protothema

Three Coast Guard patrol vessels, an open sea vessel and a Super Puma helicopter are searching the area
A rescue operation is currently underway at the sea region between the islands of Kos and Kalolimnos to locate
seven missing migrants.

The incident was reported by a fisherman who located a migrant in the water. The man said that he and seven more
migrants were on a boat that capsized.

Three Coast Guard patrol vessels, an open sea vessel and a Super Puma helicopter are searching the area to locate
the missing migrants.
Contraband tobacco confiscated off coast of Crete
29 September 2015  Protothema
Over 2,300 boxes of contraband cigarettes were confiscated by
Greek port authorities off the coast of Crete, Tuesday. The authorities
detected the illegal cargo on a cargo ship named ‘GROT-YUG’ and
escorted it to the Souda bay on the northwest coast of Crete.

The 6-member foreign crew were all detained. The operation
was successful after information of a suspicious cargo ship was
relayed to sea authorities by a port aircraft on patrol. Special forces boarded the ship and after questioning
discovered the freighter’s papers were not in order. Customs officers then boarded the ship and ascertained the
cargo was missing a lading bill. The 6 crew members will be taken to the relevant Prosecutor in the city of Chania.
Political leaders come to Crete
12 September 2015 Protothema

“The week of political leaders” is the last one before the elections, as four of them come to Crete.

This weekend, the president of “Popular Unity”, Mr. Panagiotis Lafazanis visits the island.

Next Tuesday, the Secretary General of Communist Party, Mr. Dimitris Koutsoumbas will speak in public, at
Liontaria Sq., Heraklion.

On Wednesday, the president of PASOK, Mrs. Fofi Gennimata, will speak in public, at “Astoria” cinema in Heraklion.

And on Thursday, the president of SYRIZA, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, will speak in public, at Eleftherias Sq. in Heraklion.
Derelict Greek Olympic venues reopened to house migrants
01 October 2016  AFP via ekthaimerini
Greek authorities on Thursday hastily reopened a derelict sports hall
from the Athens 2004 Olympics to house hundreds of migrants who
were sleeping on the streets of the capital. City buses took more than
400 mainly-Afghan migrants from central Victoria Square to the Galatsi
indoor hall. A few days earlier, a similar operation ferried migrants to the
Hellenikon hockey centre in southern Athens.

Greece is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly
Syrian, who are seeking to travel west, triggering Europes worst migrant crisis since World War II. Since the
beginning of the year, more than 310,000 people have arrived from neighbouring Turkey. As refugees, Syrians are
allowed to swiftly move northwards to other EU states but other migrants have remained blocked in Greece.