The announcement follows a meeting held on Tuesday in Berlin between Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis and representatives of the German tourism group, Sebastian Ebel, member of the Executive Board and Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Executive Committee.
According to the announcement, TUI will relaunch its activities in Greece from May 14 and 15 with flights carried out by TUIfly to the airports of Heraklion, Araxos, Corfu, Rhodes and Kos.
More specifically, according to the company’s schedule, TUIfly will start flights to Heraklion, Crete, on May 14, with departures from six airports (Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt). Flights from Germany to Greece will continue the next day, on May 15, to the islands of Kos, Rhodes and Corfu.
TUI’s representatives said that based on bookings so far, Greece is expected to have “the best summer performance”, together with Spain and Cyprus.
Moreover, during the meeting the company’s representatives praised the way Greece has dealt with the pandemic, describing the country as “an example” in dealing with the unprecedented health crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19).
It is reminded that during last year’s extremely difficult summer, Greece’s tourism season started in June, when most travel restrictions were lifted, and was extended to around mid-November.
Minister: Travelers are welcome and safe
Key importance for summer 2021, as stressed by the Greek tourism minister, is that travelers are aware that they will be both welcome and safe.
“Our strategy is focused on stability, transparency and avoiding surprises. We announced two months ago that we will open for tourism on May 14 and we are moving forward with steady steps in this direction,” Theoharis said.
It is reminded that Greece is officially opening to tourists on May 14 with no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers or those with a negative PCR test.
The Greek tourism minister’s meeting with TUI’s representatives took place during his official visit to Berlin that included a series of meetings with German government officials and representatives of the country’s tourism market.