Deputy Culture Minister for Tourism Giorgos Nikitiadis on Thursday from Thessaloniki, northern Greece, reassured that the government "obviously is not selling off anything", replying to reporters’ questions on ports' and airports' privatisations   
However, Nikitiadis said, privatisation is a condition not only for the development but also the survival of many Greek airports, adding that the development of local airports requires major expenditures that the country cannot bear under the present circumstances.

 He clarified, however, that the government at all given times will have control of the ports and airports, and consequently "control is not lost in matters of national security and national policy".