“Due to growing demand for travelling to Greece, several airlines and tour operators have already announced adding new flights to our destination”, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura informed the media and travel professionals during a recent press conference during the World Travel Market (WTM) London 2016.
According to information provided by the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), Greece should expect a number of new flight routes from the UK next summer.
Jet2 will fly to four new Greek destinations for summer 2017 from its new base at Stansted Airport. Flights will depart to Heraklion in Crete (three times a week), Kos (twice weekly), Rhodes (three times a week) and Zakynthos (twice weekly) next year, providing more opportunities for travellers from the south east of England to reach Greece.
There are also two new departures from the recently added Birmingham Jet2 base: Heraklion and Rhodes, both operating twice weekly.
From May 2017, Thomas Cook Airlines will offer two flights a week every Thursday and Sunday from Manchester direct to Mykonos. Other new flight routes for summer 2017 from Thomas Cook Airlines include:
– Corfu – a new flight from London Luton to Corfu will depart once a week on a Sunday
– Lesvos – customers will now be able to fly to Lesbos from Birmingham Airport following the reintroduction of one flight per week on a Saturday
– Santorini – flights from London Gatwick to Santorini have been increased meaning customers can fly to the Greek island throughout the whole summer season.
Ryanair has expanded the number of departures to Chania for the 2017 summer season. There will now be three weekly departures, up from two in 2016. A new route from Birmingham to Chania on the island of Crete has also been announced. Ryanair will fly twice weekly to the Greek destination from April 2017.
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines recently announced a new route from Edinburgh to Athens for summer 2017. From 20 June and until 19 September 2017 Aegean Airlines will fly twice weekly from Edinburgh to Athens every Tuesday and Friday providing passengers with a direct link to the Greek capital but also onward flight connections to other destinations on the Greek islands and mainland Greece. Aegean Airlines will also offer increased capacity from Manchester to Athens for 2017 operating up to four flights weekly, while flights from Dublin to Athens will resume on 4 June 2017 with increased capacity operating 3 times weekly until 23 September 2017.
The flights will begin from May 2017. Thomson already flies to Heraklion on Crete and this destination addition shows the increased demand in Greece from UK travellers.