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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 July 2017
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Australia establishes new air services arrangements with Greece, Cyprus, and Italy The agreements are an opportunity to strengthen the country’s trade and tourism ties with Europe The Australian government has settled new air services arrangements with Greece, Cyprus, and Italy, providing exciting opportunities for strengthening the country's trade and tourism ties with Europe. The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, said that the new arrangements are part of a plan to expand Australia's aviation footprint in the region and will provide greater flexibility for Australian and Greek airlines. "The expanded arrangements with Greece deepen the already close bilateral relationship we share. "Each country's airlines will now be able to operate an unlimited number of freight services between Australia and Greece," Mr Chester said. The arrangements with Cyprus will also be an opportunity to increase tourism and trade opportunities, and for the first time this enables the airlines of both countries to start operating services between Australia and Cyprus either using their own aircraft or via code share with other airlines. Meanwhile Mr Chester said that the trade and tourism benefits with Italy are obvious with more than half a million people travelling between Australian and Italy in 2016, a number that is on the rise. "In settling revised air services arrangements with Italy, the Australian Government has delivered on an outcome long sought by the Australian aviation industry," said the minister. "Australian airlines now have the ability to significantly expand existing code share operations to Italy, as well as an opportunity to start weekly freight services between the two countries." Over the past 12 months, a number of other new air services arrangements have been established by Australia, most notably with China, Taiwan, Israel, Peru, Fiji, and Kiribati. Terence Quick with leaders and members of the Greek Community of Melbourne during his recent visit to Australia Greek government approves working holiday visa The anticipated visa grants Greek and Australian nationals permission to work in each respective country for up to 12 months ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS A new working holiday visa agreement that has been in the pipeline for almost six years between Greece and Australia has received approval this week by the Greek government. The agreement is part of an initiative that has been championed by a committee formed by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and other Greek community organisations in 2011. "Three years ago Olga Kefalogianni (Greece's former Minister of Tourism) came to Australia to sign the documents but it's taken three years to make its way through parliament," GCM President Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos. "It is a good result for both countries because at the end of the day our countries share a rich history and this agreement will strengthen ties between both countries." The Working Visa Agreement was set in motion with the assistance of former Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and grants all young Greek and Australian nationals aged up to 31 years the opportunity to work in the two respective countries for up to 12 months. At this stage it is limited to 500 people from either country with the prospect of increasing the number of visas issued in future. The approval comes just weeks after Greece's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Terence Quick paid a visit to Australia, which the GCM sees as no coincidence. Mr Papastergiadis said they had once again taken the opportunity to discuss the matter in depth with the minister, and praised his swift action. “A lot of this has to do with the action and activity of Mr Quick. I think he had taken the issue on board, and he's been proactive about making it happen. He's a minister who shows particular affection towards Australia and is highly responsive; we're really impressed with his can-do approach," said Mr Papastergiadis. Currently in Greece, he added that the general sentiment in moving forward is one of optimism. "They're happy about it and they really want to push ahead with it as there was a lot of political will for it to happen and it's something that both governments want. [Minister of Foreign Affairs] Julie Bishop had mentioned this when she met with Mr Quick recently in Australia; in fact it was the first thing she raised with him," he said. "It's a fantastic opportunity for people to enhance their cultural and social awareness in the two countries." Qatar Airways celebrates Australia’s Hellenic connection, expanding its footprint in Greece The airline has partnered with chef George Calombaris to develop an impressive inflight menu to celebrate the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on its Melbourne-Doha route NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by ACM Printing, 126 Fairbank Road, Clayton South 3168. 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Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Nelly Skoufatoglou Nikos Fotakis, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, Jim Claven, Steve Kyritis, Gerard Papasimakopoulos, Con Stamocostas Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Proofreader: Allyson Griffith With Greece one of the most popular destinations among its Australian passengers, Qatar Airways is looking to expand its footprint in Greece. According to Breaking Travel News, the airline is set to launch its Mykonos route in 2017-18 with a convenient one-stop in Doha for those travelling directly from Australia. "Athens is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for our Melbourne-based passengers, and Qatar Airways offers one of the fastest and most convenient pathways to Greece from Australia via our state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha," said Qatar Airways Australasia’s senior manager Adam Radwanski. "We look forward to further expanding our Greece footprint with the launch of Mykonos in 2017-18, bringing the whitewashed paradise islands closer to Australians." With Melbourne the original home of Qatar Airways Down Under, the airline has recently introduced its flagship Airbus A380 to its Melbourne-Doha route. With a seat capacity of 517, passengers are spread across twin decks with first class comprising eight seats, business class 48 and 461 in economy class. The aircraft's first class cabin features ultra-wide seats that recline into a flat bed, two passenger extension dining and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. The good news also extends to those in economy. Thanks to higher ceilings on the main deck there is added spaciousness, while the wider seat configuration and design mean there's more leg room along with contoured headrests. To celebrate its expansion and to highlight Melbourne's links with Greece, Qatar Airways is teaming up with local Greek Australian chef and restaurateur George Calombaris to develop a delicious inflight menu. Passengers lucky enough to be flying first and business class from Melbourne and Doha between 1 July and 30 September will have the chance to enjoy some of the chef's signature Greek-inspired dishes on the way to their next destination. Among dishes featured on the menu are Gazi's lamb moussaka and souvlaki of pastourma beef short rib, the Hellenic grain salad with tahini yoghurt, and the signature Hellenic Republic risogalo (rice pudding) made with Murray River salted caramel.
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