Friday, 15 March 2013

Πέσε για να πέσω (Give me to give you)

Ryanair starts flying in and out of Hania to the UK form next week. London, London, here I come. 

Ryanair, the cheap flights service from Ireland, who once suggested charging people a pound to use the toilets on their flights, has made the town of Hania (they spell it Chania, to reflect the way the name is usually spelt on maps) a base for its services. This basically means that many people will be flying in and out of Hania from now on - already, 500,000 seats to enter Crete alone have been booked as far ahead as summer. Another added bonus for the locals is, of course, jobs and other business opportunities related to an increase in tourism and general people traffic. And for ordinary folks like myself, it means cheap direct flights to and from other European destinations.

Although cheap flights have been available from Hania before Ryanair's appearance, they were never on an all-year-round basis, working only during the summer period, which lasts basically from the end of March to the end of October, give or take a week. They weren't seriously cheap either, as their price was determined by demand from the customers they mainly served, rather than the locals whose town they were flying in and out of. And in the wintertime, there was basically nothing available to us - it was either a stopover in Athens in order to continue our journey, or the overnight ferry boat. No wonder life becomes slow-paced in small places - we spend much of our time waiting for somethng to get going.

Services like Ryanair will help in this direction, speeding up the pace of life. They will also provide incentives for people to start moving and continue to do so. Such services will also provide much needed promotion for the town and the greater region, which will be advantageous to the local authorities. That's the catch - to get something, you have got to give something. All the businesses of Hania are paying some kind of collective promotion fee to Ryanair for this special service to our town, which will boost tourism and help people become more acquainted with the region. The contribution of my husband - as an owner-operator cabbie - for example is €10.

Imagine getting people flying into Hania for a weekend mini-break. Welcome to the new order of how things are done in the modern moving world.

The football club owner is asking for a reduction in the rental fees of the grounds, but he is reminded of the terms of the contract he signed. He says he's paid off many contracts (pre-nuptial, life insurance, social-political), and he knows the rules of the game: "Give to me, to give to you." 

This venture reminds us that you don't get something for nothing, just like Agapoula says in the video - a contract works both ways: Πέσε για να πέσω. 

If you need an explanation concerning Agapoula's principles, you can find out more about him here and here

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