Keywords: Greek coastal shipping, passenger shipping, network problems, Greece, hub-and-spoke services, marketing
Exploring the possibility for hub-and-spoke services in the Greek Coastal System
The Greek Coastal System (GCS) has attracted the interest of researchers in the past and still offers many opportunities for research. Brief literature review and background information on the GCS is provided. As the GCS market matures, new technological and network demands evolve. On the basis of a small-scale private R&D project, some basic attributes of hub-and-spoke operations, involving existing vessels and innovatively designed high-speed passenger vessels, are discussed. The paper focuses on network and marketing issues, and aims to trigger further discussion on this issue of special interest.