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Latest Travel News for Visitors to Symi by Andy Ward

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Month end update-August

The Air Berlin saga rolls onwards without any real resolution. Yesterday one of their planes was impounded by Gothenburg Airport because landing fees were in arrears, a payment was made, and the plane eventually took off. Several transatlantic flights, which were summer-only anyway, will finish several weeks early, the announcement being timed to avoid any compensation payments under EC261/2004, as more than 2 weeks notice has been given. Several airlines are hovering round the carcass and making statements that they will make an offer to purchase all or part of the airline, but nobody actually has put in an offer.

I can only advise not to book any Air Berlin flight at the moment as there’s no guarantee that it won’t be cancelled, leaving you with a refund at a time when other flight prices have increased, but nothing else. I’m also increasingly worried about the leisure flight subsidiary Niki, which serves Rhodes and Kos. Initially we were assured it was profitable and would simply continue. Now it seems the actual ownership of Niki is uncertain and may be the subject of litigation, so I’d avoid them as well if it isn’t already too late.

Down at sea level, Monday 4 September sees the end of the high-season ferry timetable, and from Wednesday 6 September Blue Star will return to just Wednesday and Friday calls at Symi, using the Blue Star Patmos (or maybe not the Patmos immediately, since she ran aground last night at Ios and has suffered some hull damage. Five tugs are trying to shift her, and then no doubt she’ll need a spell in drydock for repairs).

September sees few changes on Dodekanisos Seaways until 24 September, which is the last sailing of the year from Samos. Symi is largely unaffected, as there are only one sailing each way which serves both Symi and Samos. In fact in the last week of September there will be a couple of extra Rhodes-Symi-Kos -Kalymnos-Leros-Lipsi-Patmos and return sailings using the ship that would have served Samos.