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The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Staikouras, met in Rhodes with the General Manager of Fraport's Operations, Mr. Spyratos, the President of the Greek Air Traffic Controllers Association, Mr. Psaros, and representatives of foreign airlines, in order to facilitate passengers and the smooth operation of Diagoras Airport, given the conditions created by the fire that broke out on the island in the previous days.
The airport is operating with increased passenger traffic at the peak of the tourist season, while at the same time serving many firefighting flights.
A total of 356 movements were made yesterday, Saturday, with 50,000 passengers moving, while today, Sunday, until 16:00, there were 165 movements with 20,000 passengers moving. This number will more than double in the coming hours as passenger traffic increases.
There are a number of tourists who have arrived at the airport to travel earlier than the scheduled departure time and day.
In cooperation with the two companies that handle the largest volume of passengers in Rhodes, TUI and Jet2, the next flights have been scheduled.
Measures to facilitate passengers at Rhodes airport
In particular, the measures decided at the meeting with the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Staikouras, to facilitate passengers are as follows:
1. 1. In total, by 00:00 a.m., there will be 44 flights, departures and arrivals, with approximately 14,500 passengers.
2. Repatriation flights: All flights of both airlines arriving on the island will come empty to pick up passengers.
3. Establishment of a Help Center. Help Centre: assisting the passengers with the necessary travel documents and assistance with the necessary travel documents.
4. Provision of food vouchers to passengers in waiting. In addition, with the assistance of the Municipality, 300 additional seats were provided at the airport to meet the increased and emergency needs.
5. Activation of the Crisis Management Center, with representatives from airlines and ground handling agencies to provide immediate and better accommodations for all passengers.
6. After communication with ground handling operators, staff at the airport is being reinforced to better serve passengers.
7. Air Traffic Control has taken all necessary measures to ensure the smooth operation of the increased flight traffic.