With more than a decade of working for BP under his belt, Giannis Tzevelekos, general aviation sales and marketing manager, Air BP East Mediterranean, certainly understands his market. We caught up with him to find out more about the exciting developments going on in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel, as well as his top tips for those visiting the region.
How many Air BP locations come under your remit?
We are currently present in 37 airports across Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel, so we cover an exciting multicultural mix of countries. I would really encourage customers to visit Syros (JSY/ LGSO) in Greece for its magnificent location in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Izmir (ADB/LTBJ) in Turkey, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and Paphos (PFO/ LCPH) in Cyprus where we work closely with EDT Hangar Services – the only facility to offer general aviation handling and parking services in the country.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
There is no typical day in this sector of the industry and the diversity of my day-to-day job is what gets me excited about coming to work. One day might involve a site visit at a large flight school or meeting with the pilot of a shipping magnate, then the next day I might have an appointment with a company that deals with weather modifications. An exciting project we are currently working on is to supply fuel to a purpose-built fuelling facility, that is nearing completion, at a large private heliport near Athens.
What other exciting developments in your region can you share with us?
There are all sorts of exciting things happening at the moment. Many of the Greek regional airports acquired by the German airport operator Fraport last year are now focusing their efforts on commercial aviation. This has created new opportunities for general aviation activity at airports such as Ioannina (IOA/ LGIO), Sitia (JSH/ LGST) and Syros (JSY/ LGSO). Meanwhile, Cyprus is expecting to experience a boost in helicopter traffic due to the growth of its oil and gas sector and Paphos in particular is expecting a general increase in air traffic due to a new casino and hotel development close to the airport. Plus, we are all looking forward to the new airports opening in Istanbul in Turkey, as well as Ramon in Israel near the Red Sea resort of Eilat.
What are your top tips for customers in and around the East Mediterranean region?
My tops tips while flying in Greece would be to take advantage of Ioannina International Airport (IOA/ LGIO) as an entry point to the Eastern Mediterranean from the North or Sitia Airport (JSH/ LGST) from the South. For the best general aviation services in Cyprus check out EDT Hangar Services in Paphos and make the most of the RocketRoute MarketPlace app to pre-order your requirements in Turkey and Tel Aviv.