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Avionic kicks off Athens-Smyrna flights

Greek airline Avionic<.> last week introduced a direct flight from Athens to the Turkish city of Smyrna…

Greek airline Avionic<.> last week introduced a direct flight from Athens to the Turkish city of Smyrna.

Alex Baltatzi, the chairman of the Aegean travel agents association (ESAD) and deputy chairman of the Turkish travel agents organisation (TURSAB), said `the abolition of the direct connection between Smyrna, Turkey`s third largest city, and the Greek capital, several years ago, created major problems, and now the strengthening of Greek-Turkish relations necessitates expansion in the field of transport`.

The direct flight will be offered twice weekly, on Monday and Friday.

Furthermore, the company is considering a connection between the popular Greek resort isle of Mykonos and Smyrna, which Baltatzi characterised as a satisfactory alternative for Turkish tourists.

He also underlined a need for further cooperation in the field of marine tourism between the two countries and called for a reduction in bureaucracy, particularly at customs.

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