How he pre-empted any crash test at the top of the Airport’s Administrative pyramid.
We positively welcome the emergence of the fierce technocrat and Assistant Professor at the Democritus University of Thrace, Mr. Dimitrios Dimitriou, as the new Chairman of AIA.
With a strong record and a successful career in the field of transport and the experience gained from an exceptional, world-renowned institution of Great Britain, Cranfield, an excellent friend and person, with whom, the undersigned had the pleasure of serving together at the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Aviation Society for several years, he is the right person for this "key" position.
His appointment by the relevant Minister and the respective validation by the present Hellenic government, gives an immediate, positive and definite solution regarding the scenarios that could create "turbulence" at the Administrative Pyramid of "Eleftherios Venizelos” Airport.
Those scenarios theoretically called for the recurrence and reappointment, as Chairman of the Board, of Haris Pamboukis.
There was potentially little probability for the professor, known for serving his term during previous administrations, as an expert on international aviation matters, to maintain a possible consensus and cooperation with the present CEO of the airport, Mr. Dimitrios Paraschis.
Such a potential development would hinder the advancement of AIA’s course, with equivocal effects.
Therefore, our positive response to the emergence of Dimitrios Dimitriou in the top management has dual significance.
We all anticipate now, to the extent possible, in these extremely difficult economic times for our homeland, Hellas, that the new worthy Chairman will develop substantial projects, with his prudence, rigor and scholarship that distinguish him.
Besides, he was chairman at another organization a few years ago, where he conducted significant work.
We wish him the best for the advancement of this major international investment.
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.
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.