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OTE donates €2 million for coronavirus equipment in Greece

Greece’s telecommunications giant OTE donated 25 respirators to help combat coronavirus, as part of a 2-million-euro gift that will include more respirators and ICU beds for the coronavirus pandemic, it said on Friday, according to ANA. Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation S.A., OTE Group is the largest technology company in Greece. It is one of the three largest companies listed in the Athens Stock Exchange, according to market capitalization. OTE Group offers fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, pay television and integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT). At the same time, the Group is involved in a range of activities, notably satellite communications, real-estate and professional training. Formerly a state-owned monopoly, OTE's privatization started in 1996 and is now listed on the Athens and London Stock Exchanges. Today, OTE Group employs about 13,000 people in Greece and approximately 20,000 in total. Since July 2009 Deutsche Telekom is the largest shareholder of the company. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Salonica84  Let's block ads! (Why?)

China to close borders to foreigners in effort to block coronavirus entering from abroad

China will close its borders to foreigners starting on Saturday, March 28, in a dramatic step to try to stop the coronavirus coming in from abroad, reports. The move is the latest in a string of tough steps by the Chinese government to combat the virus, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan late last year and has spread globally since. China’s civil aviation authority on Thursday slashed incoming and outgoing flights to a maximum of one per airline per foreign country each week. It also limited flights to passenger load factors of 75% or lower. The government of Shanghai ordered most passengers entering the country to undergo a 14-day quarantine as of 6 p.m. Thursday. The capital, Beijing, had already adopted a similar measure. Formerly, Shanghai had not been quarantining people without symptoms arriving from locations deemed to be low risk. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: China News Service Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek FM appoints special envoy to UK for repatriation of Greeks

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias appointed Ambassador Panos Kalogeropoulos special envoy to the United Kingdom for the repatriation of Greeks, on Friday, ANA reports. A Ministry announcement said that Kalogeropoulos will board a special return flight to London, coordinate with British authorities, and come back on the same day with some dozens of Greeks, who are stuck in the country after the majority of airlines grounded planes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: A.Savin  Let's block ads! (Why?)

European Union waives slot use rule for summer season in 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thanked the European Union for agreeing to suspend the airport slot use rules for the whole summer season. “We welcome the decision to suspend the slot use rules until the end of October. And we thank the EU for taking this action. The suspension of the 80-20 rule will enable airlines to plan their schedules with maximum flexibility during this time of great uncertainty. And it gives airlines and airports the certainty that the routes and network they have invested in will be valid next summer, protecting vital connectivity and preparing the way for recovery. We know that many regulators around the world have also suspended the slot use rule for this period. We hope that this decision from the EU will encourage any remaining regulators who have not yet done so to align with this important move. It’s critical all airlines and airports are able to benefit from the alleviation equally,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA Regional Vice President, Europe. “This as a purely temporary suspension of the usage rules during this crisis, the likes of which aviation has never seen before. The aviation industry is united in its desire to return to the existing slot use rules as soon as industry conditions make it possible. We thank all the global regulators for their understanding and flexibility on this issue. And this gives confidence to our airlines to return their slots in advance, knowing they will be treated fairly. There are already many cargo operations making use of the additional capacity created by slot returns, providing much-needed freight capacity during this time,” he said. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Let's block ads! (Why?)

UNWTO: Internationai tourist arrivals could drop by 20-30% in 2020 due to Covid-19

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to 30% in 2020 when compared with 2019 figures. However, UNWTO stresses that these numbers are based on the latest developments as the global community faces up to an unprecedented social and economic challenge and should be interpreted with caution in view of the extreme uncertain nature of the current crisis. An expected fall of between 20-30% could translate into a decline in international tourism receipts (exports) of between US$300-450 billion, almost one third of the US$ 1.5 trillion generated in 2019. Taking into account past market trends, this would mean that between five and seven years’ worth of growth will be lost to COVID-19. Putting this into context, UNWTO notes that in 2009, on the back of the global economic crisis, international tourist arrivals declined by 4%, while the SARS outbreak led to a decline of just 0.4% in 2003. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Tourism is among the hardest hit of all economic sectors. However, tourism is also united in helping to address this immense health emergency – our first and utmost priority – while working together to mitigate the impact of the crisis, particularly on employment, and to support the wider recovery efforts through providing jobs and driving economic welfare worldwide.” Mitigating damage and planning for recovery Mr. Pololikashvili added that, while it is too early to make a full assessment of the likely impact of COVID-19 on tourism, it is clear that millions of jobs within the sector are at risk of being lost. Around 80% of all tourism businesses are small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the sector has been leading the way in providing employment and other opportunities for women, youth and rural communities. Alongside this new assessment, UNWTO underlines tourism’s historic resilience and capacity to create jobs after crisis situations, while also emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and of ensuring the sector is made a central part of recovery efforts. Since the start of the current crisis, UNWTO has been working closely with the wider United Nations system, including directly alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) to guide the sector, issuing key recommendations for both high-level leaders and individual tourists. To better consolidate and strengthen the response, the Organization has established the Global Tourism Crisis Committee. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Let's block ads! (Why?)

IATA praises European Commission’s efforts to keep air cargo flowing

Geneva - Ensuring smooth air cargo shipments is crucial. With the evaporation of passenger demand and cancellation of passenger flights, vital air cargo capacity has disappeared. Airlines are taking all measures to meet the remaining cargo demand. Unfortunately, airlines faced bottlenecks in getting appropriate permissions and crewing cargo flights amid quarantine restrictions. This resulted in delays to shipments when time is of the essence to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and keep global supply chains functioning. The EC has understood the industry’s challenges and provided comprehensive and practical guidance to ensure that permissions to operate are quickly granted and that aircrew are able to operate efficiently with exemptions from quarantine measures. “We are in an emergency and the European Commission has responded with speed and clarity. EU member states need to act quickly to ensure that the guidance is followed so that air cargo—including vital shipments of medicines and medical equipment—gets to where it needs to be. Other governments should follow the EC’s example and implement similar measures so that we can unblock the global air cargo networks on which we all depend,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: European Commission Let's block ads! (Why?)

Asia-Pacific governments urged to provide immediate support for airlines

Singapore – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has written to the heads of government of 18 States in Asia-Pacific to appeal for emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the dramatic loss of air travel demand due to the COVID-19 crisis. These States include Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. “Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world. Travel restrictions and evaporating demand mean that, aside from cargo, there is almost no passenger business. For airlines, it’s apocalypse now. And there is a small and shrinking window for governments to provide a lifeline of financial support to prevent a liquidity crisis from shuttering the industry,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. in a matter of days, the crisis facing airlines worsened dramatically. We are 100% behind governments in supporting measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. But we need them to understand that without urgent relief, many airlines will not be around to lead the recovery stage. Failure to act now will make this crisis longer and more painful. Some 2.7 million airline jobs are at risk. And each of those jobs supports a further 24 in the travel and tourism value chain. Some governments are already responding to our urgent calls, but not enough to make up the $200 billion needed,” said de Juniac. IATA is proposing a number of options for governments to consider. They include: Direct financial support to passenger and cargo carriers to compensate for reduced revenues and liquidity attributable to travel restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19; Loans, loan guarantees and support for the corporate bond market by governments or central banks. The corporate bond market is a vital source of finance, but the eligibility of corporate bonds for central bank support needs to be extended and guaranteed by governments to provide access for a wider range of companies. Tax relief: Rebates on payroll taxes paid to date in 2020 and/or an extension of payment terms for the rest of 2020, along with a temporary waiver of ticket taxes and other government-imposed levies. “A growing number of governments in Asia-Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, have announced financial relief packages for the airline industry and we are grateful to them for the assistance rendered during this dark period for the airline industry. But we need more governments to come on board to support the airline industry serving their markets,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Asia Pacific.   “There are over 30 million jobs supported by the aviation industry that are at stake. Also at risk is the aviation connectivity that is needed to support supply chains, the flow of essential goods and medical supplies, as well as repatriation flights to bring home citizens stranded overseas,” said Clifford. “And the country will need a viable aviation sector to support the economic recovery of the country, connect manufacturing hubs and support tourism when we get through the COVID-19 crisis.” Examples of measures announced include: Australia has announced an A$715 million (US$430 million) aid package comprising refunds and forward waivers on fuel taxes, and domestic air navigation and regional aviation security charges New Zealand’s government will open a NZ$900 million (US$580 million) loan facility to the national carrier as well as an additional NZ$600 million relief package for the aviation sector specially to ensure continuity in air freight capacity Singapore has undertaken relief measures valued at S$112 million (US$82 million) including rebates on airport charges, assistance to ground handling agents, and rental rebates at Changi Airport IATA estimates that the COVID-19 crisis will reduce passenger demand in Asia-Pacific by 37% this year compared to 2019, with a revenue loss of US$88 billion. This is based on a scenario where severe restrictions on travel are lifted after 3 months, followed by gradual recovery. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Transport Pixels  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Five tons of chloroquine medicine land in Greece from India to fight Covid-19

The five tonnes of chloroquine ordered by Greece from India arrived in Athens in an effort by Greek authorities to create stockpiles of the drug produced by the substance, which according to the World Health Organisation, is expected to offer some relief to patients with the virus, reports. The five tons of chloroquine arrived on Aegean’s scheduled flight, and according to – which unveiled the relevant move by the Ministry of Health – and have already been handed over to Greek pharmaceutical companies to proceed with the preparation of the drugs so that doctors who take care of patients in Greek hospitals have it at their disposal as soon as possible. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: ParentingPatch Let's block ads! (Why?)

International Air Transport Association: Air cargo bottlenecks could put lives at risk

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its members renewed their call to governments to take urgent measures to ensure that vital air cargo supply lines remain open, efficient and effective. “Air cargo is a vital partner in the global fight against COVID-19. But we are still seeing examples of cargo flights filled with life-saving medical supplies and equipment grounded due to cumbersome and bureaucratic processes to secure slots and operating permits. These delays are endangering lives. All governments need to step up to keep global supply chains open,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. The COVID-19 crisis has seen almost the entire world-wide passenger aircraft fleet grounded; a fleet that normally transports almost half of total air cargo shipments. Airlines are scrambling to meet the gap between cargo demand and available lift by all means possible, including re-introducing freighter services and using passenger aircraft for cargo operations. To support these efforts, governments need to remove key obstacles by: Introducing fast track procedures for overflight and landing permits for cargo operations, particularly in key manufacturing hubs in Asia -- China, Korea and Japan -- in response to the increased number of cargo charters replacing withdrawn passenger operations. Exempting flight crew members who do not interact with the public from 14-day quarantine requirements to ensure cargo supply chains are maintained Supporting temporary traffic rights for cargo operations where restrictions may apply Removing economic impediments, such as overflight charges, parking fees, and slot restrictions to support air cargo operations during these unprecedented times Removing operating hour curfews for cargo flights to facilitate the most flexible global air cargo network operations The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated the importance of air cargo in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19: “Around the world, the frontline health workers who fight against COVID- 19 need to be continuously supplied with necessary medical equipment and protective material. It is our collective duty to keep these supply lines open by continuing air cargo operations. The scale-down of air passenger flow is seriously hurting our scheduled freight operations. We call on airline companies and governments to join the global effort to ensure dedicated freight capacity continues to operate on previously high volume passenger routes that are now closed down,” says Paul Molinaro, Chief, Operations Support and Logistics, WHO. “Air cargo is on the front line, not only fighting COVID-19 but ensuing that global supply chains are maintained for the most time-sensitive materials including food and other products purchased online in support of quarantine and social distancing policies implemented by states. But we can only continue to do this if we work together with the support of governments. Keeping supply lines open also supports jobs in local economies for example producers of perishables in Africa and Latin America. We are stronger together,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Air Cargo. Keeping Air Cargo Moving Airlines are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the flow of vital goods by air. Some examples include: Delta, American, and United have started cargo-only flights, using passenger aircraft domestically and internationally to bolster depressed global airfreight capacity Air Canada, Aeromexico, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Iberia, Korean, LATAM Lufthansa, Qantas, Scoot, Swiss and many other carriers have made some passenger aircraft in their fleets available for chartered cargo operations Ethiopian Airlines is playing a key role in transporting COVID-19 medical equipment through its hub to Africa’s 54 nations, including recently transporting equipment donated by the Jack Ma Foundation Croatian Airlines has operated a charter flight from Abu Dhabi to Zagreb delivering critical medical equipment China Eastern delivered a significant amount of medical supplies to support doctors in Italy Austrian used 2 passenger B777 aircraft to fly medical equipment from China to Austria Airlink, a nonprofit organization working with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies have transported 16,127 lbs, of medical supplies and food aid to help the COVID-19 relief effort FedEx Express has helped the US government transport COVID-19 test specimens from more than 50 remote drive-thru testing centers at major retailers across 12 states. The UPS Foundation has expanded its relief response to Coronavirus, delivering urgent medical supplies, food and housing, and financial assistance to aid in recovery efforts Airbus has transported 2 million face masks from China to Europe on a test A330-800 aircraft — the majority will be donated to Spain & France RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Dtom Let's block ads! (Why?)

Coronavirus: Deutschsprachige Institutionen in Athen informieren

Die Debatte um das Coronavirus hält alle in Atem – auch in Griechenland. Fast täglich werden sowohl von staatlicher Seite als auch von privaten Unternehmen neue Maßnahmen ergriffen, um seine Ausbreitung in Hellas zu minimieren. Zuletzt gab die größte griechische Fluggesellschaft Aegean Airlines bekannt, dass sie vom 26. März bis zum 30. April alle internationalen Flugverbindungen mit Ausnahme von Flügen nach Brüssel einstellt.Um Orientierungshilfen zu geben, wandten sich in den vergangenen Tagen die Botschaften Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz an ihre jeweiligen Landsleute in Hellas. Auf ihren Webseiten bieten sie allen Interessierten aktuelle Informationen zum Coronvirus (siehe Infos weiter unten). Der deutsche Botschafter Dr. Ernst Reichel rief in seinem Schreiben dazu auf, die Anweisungen der griechischen Regierung zu respektieren und den angeordneten Maßnahmen Folge zu leisten. Ferner versicherte er, dass das Generalkonsulat in Thessaloniki ebenso wie die Botschaft in Athen weiterhin zur Verfügung stehen, jedoch nur in dringenden Fällen zu Rate gezogen werden sollten, da die Institutionen durch die Anordnungen ebenfalls nur eingeschränkt in Betrieb seien. Touristen und Geschäftsreisenden mit einem temporären Aufenthalt in Griechenland wird empfohlen, die Abreise vorzuziehen. Botschafter Reichel weist darüber hinaus auf die Hausquarantäne hin, die Einreisende seit dem 18. März absolvieren müssen.Auch Österreichs Chefdiplomatin in Athen Hermine Poppeller appellierte an ihre Landsleute, die geltenden Maßnahmen ernst zu nehmen und dementsprechend auf nicht unbedingt notwendige Reisen zu verzichten. Die Botschafterin riet außerdem dazu, nicht in Panik zu verfallen und lokale Medien zu verfolgen. Gleichzeitig warnte sie aber auch vor Falschinformationen. Übereistimmend stellen die drei Auslandsvertretungen fest, dass man sich bei dem Verdacht auf eine Infektion mit dem Coronavirus telefonisch unter der Nummer 1135 an die Griechische Gesundheitsbehörde EODY wenden solle. Die Vertretung der Schweiz in Athen informiert schließlich ebenfalls, dass die Botschaft, das Regionale Konsularzentrum sowie auch die Botschaft in Nikosia weiterhin offen bleiben werden. Da der Betrieb aber nur von einer kleinen Anzahl Mitarbeitern aufrechterhalten wird, können nur dringende Fälle bearbeitet werden. Termine müssen per Telefon oder E-Mail im Voraus fixiert werden. Außerdem wird empfohlen, die Einstellung des europäischen Krisenwarnmechanismus 112 auf dem Handy zu überprüfen.Nicht zuletzt intervenierte auch die Deutsch-Griechische Handelskammer (DGIHK) und betonte, dass die Versorgung in Griechenland nach wie vor reibungslos funktioniere. Der Transport von und der Handel mit im Land hergestellten, mit importierten deutschen pharmazeutischen und medizinischen Produkten sowie mit lebensnotwendigen Gütern erfolge nach wie vor „ohne substantielle Probleme“. In einer Pressemitteilung stellt die DGIHK fest, dass ihre Mitglieder alles unternehmen werden, um die Versorgung des Marktes auch in der nahen Zukunft zu garantieren.(GZeb/fg)Webseiten: DeutschlandTel.: +30 210 72 85 111 Österreich Tel.: +30 210 72 57 270 Schweiz Tel.: +30 210 7230 364/6Luxembourg Tel.: 210 72 564 00+30 210 72 564 00 Let's block ads! (Why?)