New connections for the 2018 summer season at the 14 airports
21% increase in passenger traffic compared to May 2017 - More routes, more options for all - New connections from London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Nuremberg, Zurich, Hamburg, Dresden, Erfurt, Munster
This summer season Fraport Greece welcomes at its 14 airports many new flights, a result of its cooperation with airlines and the high level collaboration with the Hellenic Slot Coordinator. The ongoing construction works aimed at revamping the 14 airports have been planned in such a way not affecting the Summer 18 schedule which reflects an optimized slot allocation process enabling airlines to fly at their requested times.
This season’s first inaugural flight was made by Qatar Airways in March with the new Doha-Thessaloniki connection, followed by many other inaugurate new routes from EU countries to the 14 airports. During May, Jet2.com, British Airways and Germania also inaugurated new routes starting the summer season dynamically.
Snapshot from the arrival of the British Airways flight to Kefalonia from London: With the captain of British Airways, S. Galiatsatos Vice Governor for Tourism for the Ionian Islands, G. Vilos Executive Director of Commercial and Business Development, E. Kekatos Vice Mayor of Kefalonia, G. Timotheatos, President of Hoteliers Association in Kefalonia.
On May 5th Fraport Greece welcomed three new routes by Jet2.com linking:
- Thessaloniki – London (Stansted)
- Kefalonia – London (Stansted)
- Zakyhtnos – Birmingham
Jet2.com this summer will also introduce the following new destinations:
- Thessaloniki – Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle
- Rhodes - Belfast
- Kos – Edinburgh & Birmingham
- Kefalonia - Glasgow
Snapshot from the arrival of the Jet2.com flight to Thessaloniki from London
Snapshot from the arrival of the Jet2.com flight to Kefalonia from London
Snapshot from the arrival of the Jet2.com flight to Zante from Birmingham
British Airways inaugurated its flight from London (Heathrow) to Kefalonia on May 15. This route enables passengers from all over the world and especialy from North America and Canada to reach – more effortlessly than ever before through the British Airways network – the beautiful Ionian sea island.
Corfu airport welcomed the Germania inaugural flight from Zurich on May 22, with the airline investing not just at this route but to even more connections from Germany and Switzerland. This summer the following destinations will also be served by Germania:
- Corfu: from Berlin, Nurnberg
- Kos: from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Nürnberg and Zurich
- Rhodes: from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Zurich
- Samos: from Hamburg, Berlin and Zurich
- Thessaloniki: from Dresden, Erfourt, Munster and Nürnburg
- Zakynthos: from Dusseldorf and Zurich
- Mytilene: from Dusseldorf
Snapshot from the arrival of the Germania flight to Corfu from Zurich
End of May saw Mykonos welcoming Qatar Airways' inaugural flight, which connects for the first time Doha with the cosmopolitan island of the Aegean, marking the close and fruitful collaboration developed by Fraport Greece and Qatar Airways.
In total the 14 airports that Fraport Greece manages and operate are attracting even more airlines both from intra and extra schengen, adding both new as well as an increasing the number of existing routes. At the same time Aegean, easyJet, Eurowings, Fly Dubai, Lauda Motion, Lufthansa, Primera Air, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, SAS, Small Planet, Thomas Cook/ Condor, Transavia, Travel Service, TUI Group, Volotea, Wizz Air are some of the airlines extending their operations to the shoulder months leading to the increase of the tourist season.
With the opportunity of the new routes and inaugural flights, Mr. George Vilos, Executive Director of Commercial & Business Development stated: «We are pleased to welcome on a daily basis new routes at our airports – a clear demonstration of the existing potential both for the airlines and destinations. The opportunities ahead of us are huge, and we at Fraport Greece, view each new partnership as a unique developmental opportunity. The new routes and connections as well as the high increase in traffic seen already at the 14 airports with international passengers pave the way for a very positive outcome this high season».