Low cost airline Ryanair says it could attract 10 million tourists to Greece within the next three years if the taxes at Athens International Airport (AIA) are lowered from 12 euros to 5 euros per passenger and other reforms.
Ryanair’s Michael Cawley said that he’s anxious that upcoming privatizations in Greek regional airports would lead to charge increases and make them uncompetitive as well.
Ryanair said it expects to transport four million tourists to Athens, two million to the rest of Greece within the next three years. It’s estimated that the an additional 10 million tourists could bring in 4.5 billion euros ($5.86 billion) and create 10,000 new jobs.
AIA officials said they will not change their fees, however, although Cawley said he will appeal to Greek Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.