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(photo Yiannis Chatzitrakosas)

We have announced that ferryboat Myrtidiotissa will take over from Proteus and do the Volos-Sporades run. There are some days that it will leave from Agios Konstantinos and go to the Sporades and then leave for Volos. Other days it leaves from Agios Konstantinos and ends in Volos. On other days it is just to and from Volos. The schedule is below. Skopelosnews received it from Kosifis Travel. The itinerary is from 14/2/2017 until 23/02/2017. We will see what the next run will be.

Because it is in a very small print it is impossible to photograph the schedule so we wrote the schedule down below. Aqua ferries has not published the schedule below on their website. wwww.openseas.gr has the schedule day by day here

Monday, Thursday and Friday
Volos departure at 08.15
Arrival at Skiathos 11.15 (11.35 departure)
Arrival at Skopelos 12.50 (13.10 departure)
Arrival at Alonissos 13.40 (14.00 departure)
Arrival at Skopelos 14.30 (14.50 departure)
Arrival at Skiathos 16.05 (16.25 departure)
Arrival Volos 19.10.

Wednesday and Sunday
Agios Konstantinos departure at 10.00
Skiathos arrival 13.00 (13.20 departure)
Skopelos arrival 14.35 (14.55 departure)
Alonissos arrival 15.25 (15.45 departure)
Skopelos arrival 16.15 (16.35 departure)
Skiathos 17.50 (18.10 departure)
Volos arrival 20.55.

Tuesday and Saturday
Volos departure 08.30
Skiathos arrival 11.15 (11.35 departure)
Skopelos arrival 12.50 (13.10 departure)
Alonissos arrival 13.40 (14.00 departure)
Skopelos arrival 14.30 (14.50 departure)
Skiathos arrival 16.05 (16.25 departure)
Agios Konstantinos arrival 19.40.

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A fast connection between Thessaloniki and the Sporades is wonderful and this year we think the trips start earlier. Below are the timetables.

01/06/2017-29/06/2017
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and from 30-06-2017 until 10-09-2017

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Brussels-Volos

Holiday company TUI will start flights from Brussels to Volos airport at the end of April for € 69,99 euro’s one way. For the return you pay € 59,99.

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boats

When a friend told skopelosnews that Skopelos, the Sporades will be without a ferryboat after the 14th of February I told him that this cannot be true because various goods need to be transported to the islands to fill the shops and businesses. Passengers can travel with a flying dolphin but they cannot leave the islands without a ferryboat to transport these vital items.

Looking though on various websites there is no trace of any ferryboat replacing Proteus after the 14th to do the Volos-Sporades line. People are getting worried and Mayor Vafinis of Alonissos has send a letter to the minister of Marine and island policy, mr Santorinio, expressing his deep concern for this situation and reminding him that after the recent very heavy snowfall Alonissos and Skopelos are still islands that are marked “in a state of emergency” It is terrific that more air-lines want to reach out to the Sporades and have their guests visit them but what about the months before and after the “real” season. Do you ignore the people that live on those islands? Do you prohibit people that want to visit the islands in other months than the hot summer months to get here? It is getting pretty frustrating when these things are settled at the last moment, but will they be settled?

This comment on Facebook started skopelosnews thinking about the whole issue:“We hope to visit Skopelos while there in April, but limited ferry service might make that impossible” Quite sad not?

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No monopoly

This year all offices that sell boat tickets can sell boat tickets of all companies that sail to and from the island. In the previous years there were offices that only sold Hellenic Seaways and other offices for instance ticket for ANES.
It created confusion for visitors because a complete picture of boats coming and going could not be given because the companies were competitors and vital information was not always given about boats. Now in every office any ticket can be obtained and it will depend on the quality of service that is given which office will do well. It is a pleasant change and helpful for visitors.

Hellenic Seaways is planning again this year to get the line Thessaloniki-Sporades going. This was confirmed by Apostolis Kosifis (office near Platanos square) When exactly the boat will start sailing he could not confirm.

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Stuck


(photos from Mike)

Ferryboat Myrtidiotissa got stuck in the harbor entrance yesterday afternoon. The probable cause is the amount of sand/mud that has accumulated on the sea bottom. With strong winds the sand/mud moves more and more in the mouth of the harbor and boats can get stuck. At some point the harbor needs to be dug out. Skopelosnews remembers the harbor being dug out many years ago with machines like this on the photo below. Will that happen again soon? I fear for the summer with more ferryboats coming into the harbor.

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Re-opening

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Skopelosnews does not (openly) promote businesses but when the only boat ticket office in Glossa re-opens we think it is worth a mention. Nikos Triandafillou his office will re-open again this Friday. Nikos his office provided for many years Hellenic Seaways tickets and information but as of Friday he will also sell tickets for the ANES company who have the following boats working in the Sporades; Proteus, Simi II and the Agios Nektarios.

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