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Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” selected by the Airline Industry

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Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” was nominated by leading airlines and shortlisted for the “World Routes Airport Marketing Awards”. This is the first time that a Greek regional airport secures a top 5 nomination in the “4 to 20 million passengers” category.

The nomination criteria included and examined the efficient management and support of airlines, route development strategy, the level of overall cooperation with the airlines as well as the implementation of innovative airport marketing solutions. Following an evaluation by an independent committee consisting of top industry executives worldwide, the winner will be announced in Adelaide at the “Routes Word 2019” conference in September. The other shortlisted airports are Budapest, Malta, Oakland and Stuttgart.

Mr. Giorgos Vilos, Executive Director of Commercial & Business Development at Fraport Greece, commented “Our participation in the final stage of the awards, is a great honor for the Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” and Fraport Greece. First and foremost because this the first time that a Greek regional airport is being shortlisted in a category with other top airports, but also because the shortlisted airports are being nominated by the airlines, a fact that proves that the industry acknowledges the quality of our work across all levels.”

For more than 20 years, “Routes” rewards excellence and innovation in air transportation. This year’s «World Routes Awards», are more competitive than in the past, as according to the organizers, there is a record-number of candidacies.

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Tender for Crete University large PPP building project proceeds with 6 contenders

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Six out of seven companies that have expressed their interest for the largest PPP building project of all time -regarding the construction of student dorms for the University of Crete, with an estimated cost of 255m euros (VAT incl., excl. VAT: 205.94m euros)- were qualified to the next stage of the tender.

The companies-consortia that are still in the tender are:

1. GEK TERNA, 2. AKTOR CONCESSIONS, 3. AVAX, 4. INTRAKAT, 5. J/V MYTILINEOS-ATESE and 6. ARCHIRODON GROUP NV, making THEMELI the only company that did not make it to the next phase. The tender, with University of Crete as the contracting authority, took place on February 24.

It is the first project of its kind and is expected to trigger similar projects in other university institutions in the country. It concerns the construction of new building complexes in the Univesity’s 2 Campuses in Rethymno and Heraklion.

More specifically, 2,000 student residences will be built in “Gallos” University Campus and 1,000 residences in Heraklion. A study concerning the construction of an amphitheater in Galllos Gampus -which will be used as a conference center- is also included in the project.

The next steps

The tender is held in two phases: The expression of interest opened the relevant procedure. Now, with the participation of the 6 companies, the second phase of the tender begins, where we will have two “sub-stages”.

In the Phase B1, the “competitive dialogue” takes place with the participation of bodies, contracting authority and participants, from which the final scope of the project will emerge.

In B2 Phase, the binding offers will be submitted. It may or may not be a coincidence, but the first major infrastructure project to be auctioned in the new decade will be a PPP. Crete is also emerging as a “center” of major infrastructure projects as this project comes after Kasteli Airport, VOAK Motorway and the upgrade of Chania Airport by Fraport Greece.

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Epirus claims the advent of the railway in the region

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Epirus Region sends an official request for the train to reach the area. The request concerns the examination by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the maturation of a railway project that will connect Epirus with the national network of the country, thus reaching Ioannina and the port of Epirus, Igoumenitsa.

In the Regional Council, held on May 15, it was unanimously decided to send the above request in order to push the State to investigate the possibility of such a public investment with funding from the new programming period, i.e. NSRF 2021-2027. More particularly, the Region is calling for the construction of a new 147km railway line from Kalambaka to Igoumenitsa as this project is still environmentally licensed. In essence, we are talking about the completion of the so-called “Railway Egnatia”.

Kachrimanis (Epirus Governor): 110 years of promises – We will claim the advent of the railway

As the Regional Governor of Epirus, Mr. Alexandros Kachrimanis, told ypodomes.com, Epirus has a long history of announcements -of over a century- regarding the advent of the train. On July 17, 1911, the newspaper “Epirus” wrote about an announcement according to which railway would reach the town of Ioannina.

“From that point an on, every now and then, we talk about the arrival of the railway in the area but we never get to its implementation. There is no provision for this even now, but we, the people of Epirus, said that we will claim that the railway reaches Ioannina and Igoumenitsa”, he noted.

In fact, as Mr. Kachrimanis reveals, the Region, with its own resources, prepared a preliminary study for a new single-track railway line Igoumenitsa-Ioannina-Argyrokastro and from there an additional connection with a railway line from the town of Kozani.

“Let me remind you of the projects that started in the 1930s for the line to reach Kozani and never ended. Also during Mr. Vereli’s secretaryship, there was again a promise that was not kept”, emphasizes Mr. Kachrimanis, who even reveals that in the period 2005-2008 several studies were prepared but there was never a follow-up.

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GRITS: The new electronic tolling system with one transceiver for all motorways

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End titles for the tender regarding the installation of satellite tolls were put by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport after a decision of the Minister, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis, cancelling the relevant tender.

It was the last act of the case, as essentially the tender was already neutralized by the Council of State, where after an appeal of the participants, serious deficiencies were found.

It is reminded that it was an ambitious plan to install transceivers for the traffic control of all trucks and cameras for passenger vehicles, combined with free flow lanes on the motorways and a proportional charge according to the kilometers travelled.

Market sources describe this plan as maximalistic, as such a wide implementation, as they comment, does not exist in any country of the western world.

“GRITS”: A transceiver for all motorway axes

One cycle is coming to an end, but a new cycle is opening at the same time in the case of the modernization of greek motorways’ tolls. According to information of ypodomes.com, the agreement between the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the concessionaires as well as the state-owned Egnatia Odos, has been secured. This agreement was one of the first goals set by Mr. Kostas Karamanlis, as a Minister.

The new system where all axes will be entering is the so-called “GRITS” (Greek Interoperable Tolling System). Aegean Motorway, Attiki Odos, Olympia Odos, Moreas Motorway and Gefyra SA are already included in the network. As of next October, Egnatia Odos and its vertical axes, Ionia Odos, Nea Odos and Kentriki Odos-E65 will also join.

For the drivers, this means that with one transceiver they will be able to drive on all covered motorways without having to change a device. The charge remains the same (0.06 euros per kilometer) as do the discount packages on each motorway. In short, drivers will charge the transceiver of their choice with money and with it they will be able to pay everywhere across the country.

According to sources close to the subject, the existing motorways are currently upgrading their systems and from June the testing of the systems will start for a period of 3-4 months. GRITS is reportedly scheduled to operate next October, possibly even a little earlier, if trials are completed soon.

For the future, a new tender for electronic tolling system is being explored where interoperability will go to a higher level with the operation of a free-flow system.

Operation of the hybrid tolling system on Olympia Odos on its way

IBI Group’s hybrid tolling system will also be put into operation soon by Olympia Odos. But what is the “hybrid tolling system” that is being implemented? It is basically a fairer charging policy that is addressed exclusively to the owners of o-pass devices (i.e. Olympia Motorway’s electronic transceivers).

Its “smart” operation is extremely simple. O-pass users are charged at the tolls according to the price of each station but upon drivers’ exit at the interchange of their choice, a calculation will be made subtracting the kilometers that haven’t been used till the next toll station. Based on these kilometers, the difference will be deducted from the paid price and the money will be refunded to the drivers’ accounts.

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