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Abstract This paper deals with the air and coastal shipping industries in the Greek insular market and the relationship they have developed in the passenger transport area This specific geographical region is characterized by a large number of islands that need regular transport services for the passengers mobility all year round but especially during the peak summertime season covering a high level of demand There is a considerable number of small regional airports in the islands that operate as an alternative solution against sea transport that today has the biggest transport market share The article focuses on the notions of competitiveness and complementarity that may or may not exist between these two transport means The above notions are approached through surveys that have been conducted by the Laboratory of Transport Economics of the Maritime Department of the University of Piraeus The market analysis that resulted from the research studies on the users of both air and sea transport is presented as well as their impact on the operational policy of the air carriers 1 Introduction Sea transport has always been the main way for the transportation of both passengers and cargo in the Greek insular market Since the mid of last century the rapid development of air transport has caused many changes in the transport market of insular Greece Can the present situation in the aforementioned region be characterized as competitive or complementarity between the two modes In this question we reply through a survey that took place in three main routes for both sea and air passengers In order to format an answer to the above question it is essential to develop the passengers profile and therefore the needs that form the demand for each transport mode 2 Coastal shipping and air transport passenger market in insular Greece 21 A market analysis PDF created with FinePrint pdfFactory Pro trial version httpwwwfineprintcom Up until the beginning of 1990 the Greek air transport market was a
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