Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to announce the country is taking a leading role in the international efforts to reduce the number of passenger flights between Greece and Europe.
The move comes a day after Tsipris said Athens will be taking the first steps to develop an aviation plan that will help it reduce the flight number to a minimum, the Greek news agency Kathimerini reported on Tuesday.
Tsipres plans include a series of measures, including building more passenger terminals and an air traffic control centre at the southern island of Crete, to reduce its dependence on international air routes.
Greece is one of the European Union’s biggest air travellers, but its flights from Greece to mainland Europe have declined sharply in recent years, especially in the past two years.
Last year, Greece’s flights to Europe dropped to just three international flights a day.
Tsips new plans would see the country open more terminals and provide more air traffic controllers to improve its domestic air traffic.
Tsimos government has said it wants to reduce Greece’s dependence on flights between Europe and Africa by 25 percent.
The minister also announced plans for a network of new airports to allow Greece to send more cargo planes between the two countries.
Tsiplathos said Athens would also establish a new airport in the Greek island of Lesbos.