Alternative Airlines yesterday made the following announcement which could well affect those travelling out of season to Corfu:
There is great speculation that Aegean Airlines have a good chance of grabbing the extremelly ill state owned Greek airline Olympic rivalling an earlier bid from the MIG.
Aegean Airlines spokesperson said "Aegean has today submitted an offer of 90 million euros ($112 million) to purchase assets related to Olympic’s flying operations. It also offered 20 million euros to acquire Olympic’s aircraft maintenance base and 60 million to buy Pantheon, a company set up by the government as a successor of debt free Olympic Airlines. The aim of Aegean and its shareholders is to create a stronger airline that is able to compete with improved prospects in the European airspace."
Aegean’s offer is reported to exceed MIG’s 45.7 million euro bid for Olympic’s flying operations and its 16.7 million offer for the technical base.
The sale of Olympic has become a marathon as Greek Govt and EU wrangling have seriously delayed the offloading if the debt ridden airline. The govt recently invited Greek businesses after the tender process failed to attract any high profile organizations or any significant bids for Olympic.
Could the Aegean bid prompt the govt to bring the sale of the national airline to a swift conclusion? Will it be a case of the laid back Greek way of thinking adding a few more laps and the race becoming a double marathon? Fancy a few laps!
I have been delving a lot lately into the Greek media, news, and government forums in particular as far as tourism goes. It appears to me that up until now Greece has had this laid back attitude on tourism which has now become a major factor in the government forums.
There have been some big meetings of late, in Berlin, Amsterdam, and of course in Greece. At it is now realised that Greece and its islands have failed themselves really over the past couple of years.
It does look like now that they are not going to sit back anymore and hope for the best, or do another lap, or see if they can get a better offer. Already they have implemented a 2% drop in tax on tourism. Made resolutions to all the tourists trades. It would be silly if they did not take this Aegean offer for Olympic, and forget their pride of a national airline, Aegean is still Greek.
Moreso now in the recessions around the world, places like Greece need to really look deep into tourism and ensure that they can offer the best deals to keep the likes of us and others coming to Corfu. Having put the feelers out around the Travel Shops, numbers are already down for this year compared to last year, and 2007.
With airline and many other things, this will be good for Greece, and its tourism industry.
kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
Sept 11, 2019 19:50:02 GMT 2
kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
Sept 11, 2019 19:53:37 GMT 2
kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
Sept 11, 2019 20:01:03 GMT 2
kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
Sept 17, 2019 16:19:06 GMT 2
kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
Sept 25, 2019 20:15:16 GMT 2
artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
Oct 4, 2019 12:14:36 GMT 2
johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
Oct 8, 2019 14:15:36 GMT 2
artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
Nov 16, 2019 19:21:05 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - have replied twice now ..
Nov 21, 2019 8:03:35 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
Jan 14, 2020 12:41:51 GMT 2
kernowman: Any cases of the Coronavirus on Corfu? We should be coming early May but it's all up in the air at the moment.
Mar 13, 2020 16:30:58 GMT 2
kaz: All ok thanks jan, just typed a reply but it didn't send
Apr 1, 2020 11:52:44 GMT 2
kaz: Now I know how to SEND !!......Rosie is in London with family and \I miss her ( no visitors allowed now so I have no idea when she will be home?) all well this end..nobody walking by so \I only have the birds to watch and TV of course but the news v gloomy
Apr 1, 2020 11:57:36 GMT 2