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TUI France and AEGEAN Team Up to Make Greece Star Destination for Summer

TUI France has teamed up with Greek national carrier AEGEAN Airlines to bring more French travelers to Greece this summer in view of high demand, the tour operator announced this week during the 20-year anniversary of the two companies’ partnership.

A TUI Group member, TUI France is aiming to bring 100,000 tourists to Greece this summer, adding that it is the best-selling destination in pre-bookings for the year. The tour operator also said it expects bookings to “explode” in the summer, forecasting a three-figure increase compared to summer 2021. French travelers are keen on visiting Athens, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Corfu, TUI France said.

Under the agreement with AEGEAN Airlines, TUI France is offering 24 air routes, 12 departure airports, seven destinations – namely Athens, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kalamata, Kos, and Larnaca (Cyprus) – and 15 Marmara and Lookéa clubs.

To meet the demand from France, AEGEAN is increasing to more than one million its available seats to Greece, up by 10 percent compared to 2019, and operating out of Charles De Gaulle airport. In this way, the Greek national airline accounts for 41 percent of TUI France seats to Greece.

“Our solid partnership has enabled us to weather the Covid crisis together with mutual goodwill despite a very difficult economic context. Today we are overjoyed by the upturn in activity and are building on our exemplary collaboration,” said General Director TUI France Dirk Van Holsbeke, who added that across the company’s entire transport plan, AEGEAN is one of our Top 3 airline partners.

“We share the same exacting requirements and we know that we offer our customers the best service when going through your company. We have ‘renewed our vows’ through work on a new contract that I am pleased to sign here with you now,” said van Holsbeke.

On his part, AEGEAN CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis referred to the trust and confidence TUI France has shown in the airlines and in Greece over the last two decades.

“Through our cooperation, we have serviced jointly more than 3 million passengers in Greece and have offered them a unique vacation experience. Nearly 10 million, if we count all our operations in France over the past 20 years. We made it easy and comfortable and memorable for all of them to visit Greece. Our people, both the AEGEAN and TUI France team did it for them. The cooperation, efficiency, flexibility, problem-solving capacity and commitment of both our teams – that actually work together as one – are the reasons of our success,” he said.

TUI France offers personalized customer travel experiences through 4,000 partner travel agencies, the TUI Stores network, and its website.

Earlier this month, TUI Group said was it was moving full speed ahead with plans to bring more than 3 million visitors to Greece this year – much earlier than ever before and exceeding pre-Covid 2019 levels. On Crete, the company named a TUI fly Boeing 737-8 “Heraklion” after the island’s capital, where the group does business and started its cruise season and homeporting cooperation with the departure of the “Mein Schiff 5” cruise ship with 1,650 guests.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.

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