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.