Aegean chief calls for lower airport charges at Athens

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Aegean Airlines managing director Dimitris Gerogiannis has urgently called for the Greek state to lower the airport charges at Athens International, which he said were causing the economy and tourism of the city to suffer.

Speaking after the airline had posted a €2.7 million ($3.6 million) net loss for the first nine months of 2011, Gerogiannis said that the charges at the airport were two-and-a-half times higher than charges in Spain and Turkey and three-and-a-half times higher than other Greek airports.

In addition to damaging the city's economy and impacting tourism, he said the high charges were affecting "the competitiveness of the Greek airlines, particularly within this adverse environment".