Starting June 5, American Airlines will launch its new summer flight connecting Athens with New York, JFK airport, on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. American’s new route to Athens marks a significant milestone as part of the new strategic alliance between JetBlue and American Airlines Group Inc. The partnership offers customers enhanced connectivity and access to the biggest network in the Northeast.
“We are excited to be back in Greece this summer, with customer safety as our first priority, as always,” American Airlines Managing Director of EMEA Sales Tom Lattig said during an event hosted by Athens International Airport (AIA) in the Greek capital.
Also, as of June 5, American Airlines will restore its seasonal connection between Athens and Chicago on a Boeing 787-8 aircraft; and from August 18, the company will resume summer flights between Athens and Philadelphia on a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
“We know that there is a particularly high demand for travel between Greece and the United States,” Lattig added.
‘American travel demand for Greece has skyrocketed’
Speaking during the event, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt highlighted that Greece’s world-renowned hospitality extends to its effective management of the pandemic, which includes the prioritization of citizens on its islands and tourism workers, and the launch of effective health protocols to make visiting Greece as safe as possible.
“As a result of these positive signals, American travel demand for Greece has skyrocketed,” the ambassador said.
Pyatt underlined that the Greek government’s science based approach to the pandemic and its early and consistent messaging about opening Greece to tourism sends a strong signal about the Greek government’s desire to welcome American visitors once again.
“Americans are eager to discover a secret that all of us living here know well: that this country’s crystal-clear waters and sparkling beaches, its winding mountain paths, its ancient monuments and museums, and its rare and brilliant light is something very special indeed,” he said.
The three daily flights to Athens announced by American Airlines on Wednesday are among the total of nine daily direct flights by US airline companies scheduled for Greece this summer.