The direct metro connection from Agia Marina to the Athens airport and vice versa (Line 3) is expected to resume in the next days, the Athens Urban Rail Transport Organisation (STASY) announced on Wednesday.
Once the direct service resumes, airport train journeys will continue for the entire length of line 3 and passengers will not have to switch trains and platforms at Doukissis Plakentias Station.
This reverses a decision by the STASY starting on November 1, according to which all line 3 trains terminated at Doukissis Plakentias Station and passengers for all stops up to and including the Athens International Airport had to change platforms to catch an airport train. Stasy had said the purpose of the change was to increase the frequency of trains on the Agia Marina-Doukissis Plakentias section of the line during peak hours.
According to sources, the secretary general of the Infrastructure and Transport Ministry, Thanos Vourdas, sent a letter to the Athens Public Transport Organisation (OASA) and STASY administrations, criticising the decision and asking for explanations, including whether OASA had approved the changes made by STASY.
This change has caused problems to the passengers, who had to climb and descend stairs with their luggage in order to change platform.