Ferry services between Turkey and the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea start again.
The routes from Bodrum to Kos, Çeşme to Chios, Fethiye to Rhodes and Ayvalık to Lesbos have been halted due to the coronavirus restrictions measures, two years ago. A decision equally harmful to the tourism industry on both sides of the coasts.
Athens has lifted restrictions on sea border gates as of Feb. 7, allowing the restarting of ferries and yacht voyages.
Health requirements on the resumed maritime transport services are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Yusuf Öztürk, chairman of the Chamber of Shipping in Izmir, said in a statement that with the resumption of ferry services, sea tourism will revive after almost coming to a complete halt in the region.
“The decision to start sailing of our ferries, commercial and private yachts at a time when cruise tourism is also active in the Mediterranean will create a great revival in marine tourism in the 2022 tourism season,” he said.
Before the restrictions, approximately 1 million passengers were transported annually by mutual ferry services.
Most ferries have services that leave the Turkish or Greek ports in the morning and return the same afternoon.