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Naxos Air: Cyclades found their… Austrian

Naxos air is indeed an air business venture of particular importance for the Cyclades.  The Austrian “Georgos”, as the locals call him here in Naxos, being for 35 years in love with the beautiful Greek island, George Pommer as his full name is, decided to realize his dream, to interconnect the Cyclades. He wants to make them similar to French Polynesia and not only. He has been working on the design of this project for several years, being in close communication with

Naxos air is indeed an air business venture of particular importance for the Cyclades. 

The Austrian "Georgos", as the locals call him here in Naxos, being for 35 years in love with the beautiful Greek island, George Pommer as his full name is, decided to realize his dream, to interconnect the Cyclades. He wants to make them similar to French Polynesia and not only.

He has been working on the design of this project for several years, being in close communication with the HCAA and the European Safety Aviation Agency. Besides, his vast experience in the area starts from the Green Air which has the Austrian Salzburg.

The competition in Greece, of course, because of the Aegean, Olympic Air, Sky Express and Ellinair, does not discourage him.

This is because while the aforementioned air companies fly from Athens and Thessaloniki to the main Cycladic destinations like Mykonos, Santorini and Syros, there is a missing link between Cyclades.

The fleet to be run will involve 12seat and 16seat aircrafts.

Those planes are easily filled, need small corridors from / landing and the per seat cost is low and competitive.

Pommer starts cleverly from the most popular airports of Mykonos and Santorini, with an existing commercial air traffic of about 350,000 passengers annually.

He started with the new Cesna Caravan Ex to make test flights with 12 passenger capacity and 600 kg load. It traveled the distance in less than 25 minutes.

A parallel goal is to extend up to nine months of the flight other than the major Cyclades and Paros and Naxos.

Syros and Milos are the new destinations he “sees” as well.

The logos of the new airline dominate in all the islands of Cyclades that is about to service already.

Of course the weather conditions of these islands during the summer season with fierce local winds may turbulent with the passengers in these small aircraft but they are proved to be very safe in their flight operations.

We truly believe that the contribution of this company will generate a substantial interconnection of high value for the islands of the Aegean.

We wish that, because it was missing in that geographic area, after the fiasco the irrelevant Greek state treated with, when it literally buried the hopes of a big company of seaplanes to be granted flight permit.

That company which believed that private initiative might have possibilities of realization in this unhospitable, to private investors, country. 

Emmanuel A. Gyzis is managing partner of Emmanuel A. Gyzis & Associates Law Offices.

He was born in Athens, Greece, 13 January 1947; admitted to Athens Bar Association 1974. Education: University of Athens, Law School (1972), London, (L.LM. 1980), specialized in Aviation Law and originally worked in the respective field on behalf of British Tour Operators and Charter companies. 

With longstanding journalistic and writing activity, his articles have been published in financial newspapers and magazines specialized in Aviation and Tourism. Author of pioneering monographs on the development issues of Olympic Airways (1989), he has published during a course of many years, a series of articles regarding its viability, its position in the international environment, as well as for other private airlines in general, while at the same time he participated in relevant International and Greek Conferences and Organizations. Successful and long-term engagement with issues regarding private airports / heliports, Low Cost Carriers (LCC), Aircraft Fractional Ownership, Ground handling matters. At his law firm “EMM. GYZIS AND ASSOCIATES”, together with a group of specialized associates he deals mainly with aviation law issues (cooperation with construction companies for commercial aircraft and leasing companies) and tourism law issues, specializing in mass tourism from/ to Greece and occasionally cooperating with Tour Operators. Since 1993, he has founded a number of Greek and foreign airline companies, on behalf of his clients, in accordance with the applicable legal status. He has participated in committees for the drafting of legislation regarding air transport, such as private airports, the Presidential Decree for private heliports and the Basic Legislation of the Aviation Code and he is the General Secretary of the Hellenic Aviation Society. For many years, he has been studying emerging markets, as a consultant for foreign companies, which plan to invest worldwide.

LANGUAGES: English.

MEMBER: Athens Bar Association, International Bar Association, European Society of International Law (ESIL), American Society of International Law (ASIL), British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Greek-American Union, Hellenic Aviation Society.

PRACTICE AREAS: Aviation Law, Aerospace Law, Tourism and Transport Law, (European) Commercial and Company Law. Arbitration. Establishment and Operation of foreign companies in Greece. Project Finance. Free Movement of Capital. Privatization. Foreign/ Hotel Investments. Mergers and Acquisitions.

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