ECONOMY

Regional airport charges lifted

Airport charges at regional terminals, such as the Corfu airport pictured here, have been temporarily abolished, the government announced yesterday. Development Minister Evripidis Stylianidis and Tourism Development Minister Constantinos Markopoulos declared that the charges have been lifted for the April-September period in order to provide additional incentive for foreign tour operators to choose Greece as a destination. The state is likely to lose 8 million euros in revenues, but Stylianidis estimates this money will return to the Greek market with the higher numbers of foreign tourists. Although there has been no forecast on the measure’s effect, the ministers noted that the lifting of the charges will signify savings of 10 to 12 euros per person for tour operators.