The whole system of procedures with the assignment of routes is wrong due to the immense bureaucracy. Besides the subsidised routes, go to a liberal market for the other routes and leave it to the companies to decide what routes they will do. Yes, in the beginning there will be routes with a congestion. In the end however the good and reliable companies will survive. But I fear it's something that the government never will allow. Because now they have power over the companies (and probably more) and that is something that politicians never will accept to lose.
And timetables should be available much earlier and not at the end of March (or even later). They should be there when people are starting to plan their holidays and that is much earlier. The ferry companies should take an example from the airlines where you get the timetable for the next summer already in October.
Finally the conclusion of this fight between the 3 parties (Minister-Marios-Stefanou/Panagiotakis) is what we say over 2 years now about the legal concept of the routing approvals in Greece.
If we want to be proud of our islands, our tourism and the millions of visitors choosing Greek islands for their vacation, we should support better the procedures.
Either with creating the routes and calling the shipowners to undertake them or to make a stricter procedure for assignment of routes.
It's a shame that in Greece we cannot have the maximum profits from our national product called tourism and we are trying to individually collect all profits. As correctly said Nick, soap series are more interesting.