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Athens Mayor Defends 'Patriot' Boutaris After Airport Gaffe

Thessaloniki’s Macedonia airport (file photo)

The mayor of Athens has jumped to the defense of his Thessaloniki counterpart Yiannis Boutaris after the latter suggested re-naming the city’s Macedonia airport.
Georgios Kaminis tweeted a photo of the two men together, writing: “[Being] patriotic is to serve the interests of the people with realism. G. Boutaris is a true patriot.”

Boutaris came in for strong criticism after telling a City Council meeting on Monday, if tourists land at an airport called “Macedonia” they might think they have landed at Skopje.
“You go to Skopje and you see Alexander the Great every 30 kilometers,” Boutaris said. “It makes your stomach turn.
“We must also see what to do with our affairs. Will we keep the name “Macedonia” for our airport and bus depot? The tourists land here and they think they are landing at Skopje.”

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