Airlines returning to Greece | eKathimerini.com
Foreign airlines are increasing their flights to and from Greek destinations, with the tourism industry expecting numbers to improve, especially from July, not only in Greece but across the continent as well.
This trend is not only confirmed by the return of foreign carriers to Greek airports, but also by data from the European aviation safety agency, Eurocontrol.
This summer, the number of planes parked in European airports will be the lowest since the outbreak of the health crisis: at this stage, there are 800 fewer planes parked in European airports than in May, for a total of 3,300. The decline in this number is also reflected in the resumption of flights to and from Greece.
Athens International Airport is already seeing a gradual return of foreign carriers, as arrivals from abroad now include the Spanish Volotea, which activates its Athens hub, as well as Gulf Air, which operates flights between Athens and Larnaca, Cyprus.
In addition, Blue Air of Romania has added Bacau to its connections with Athens, American Airlines flies directly to Athens from Chicago and Philadelphia, and Delta has connected the Greek capital to Atlanta, as well as JFK to New York. United has added the Washington-Athens route to its options, and Emirates has resumed flights between Athens and Newark Airport in New York on June 1.
On Wednesday, Fraport Greece, the consortium that manages Greece’s 14 largest regional airports, announced that Cyprus Airways has re-established its connection between Cyprus and Thessaloniki, as well as services to Iraklio, Preveza and Skiathos.
Volotea has joined the list of carriers operating domestic flights in Greece, connecting Zakynthos to Thessaloniki, while Ryanair has created three new hubs, in Hania, Corfu and Rhodes. Lufthansa added seven new destinations on May 21, namely Aktio, Hania, Corfu, Kavala, Kos, Mykonos and Zakynthos.
Shifting travelers to regional destinations due to health concerns and declining long-haul flights favors carriers’ Greek plans, with Aegean also improving its schedules.