Athens is only three hours away: On 27 May, AEGEAN introduced a non-stop service from Hamburg Airport, flying to the Greek capital three days a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The route is operated with an Airbus A320. The last time this route was served was in 2004.
“There is very strong demand, not just from holiday makers and the many business travellers, but also from the many Greeks who live here in northern Germany. I am certain that this service will meet with success,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. For several years now, Athens has been one of the top destinations in Europe that can only be reached from Hamburg via a connecting flight. In 2012, for example, more than 40,000 passengers flew from Hamburg to Athens, even though they had to change planes once along the way.
Since 29 May, the largest Greek airline and member of the Star Alliance has also been flying to Heraklion on the island of Crete on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dimitris Gerogiannis, AEGEAN’s Managing Director said: “The new direct flights add much more than just new routes to AEGEAN’s network. They bring Hamburg, a major transport hub and one of the most affluent cities in Europe, closer to Athens and Crete, one of the most popular tourist destinations not only of Greece but also of the world. They create also new opportunities for trade, tourism and cultural exchange.”