June 2019

Air Europa Connects Athens with Madrid for Summer 2019

Spanish airline Air Europa recently announced that it will start a new direct route from Athens to Madrid that will operate two times per week during the summer season. Starting June 16, the new Athens-Madrid route will be operated by Air Europa’s Boeing 787-800 that provides services aiming to offer a unique experience to passengers. The flight will [...]

Accor: New ‘ibis Styles’ in Athens Opening in July

The newly built ibis Styles Athens Routes hotel in the Greek capital is getting ready to open its doors to guests that want to live the Athenian experience. A brand of Accor, “ibis Styles” is making its Athens debut on Vouliagmenis Avenue in July. Centrally located, the new hotel is inspired by ancient history and contemporary [...]

Acropolis Museum Celebrates 10 Years and 14.5 Million Visitors

The award-winning Acropolis Museum in Athens is organizing a number of events for all as part of the celebrations for its 10th anniversary on June 20. Since its grand opening in 2009, the museum has received 14.5 million visitors from Greece and abroad. “During the museum’s first years of operation, which coincided with the economic crisis, the number of visitors [...]

May 2019

Alitalia: World’s Most Punctual Airline for Jan-April 2019

Alitalia ranked first in the world for its on-time performance in the first four months of 2019, according to data released by FlightStats, the US independent data services society specializing in commercial aviation. “With 89 percent of flights landed on schedule, Alitalia has confirmed itself as the most punctual airline in the world,” the Italian carrier [...]

April 2019

Cosmonauts in Greece for Yuri Gagarin Park Opening on Crete

A park dedicated to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first person to travel into outer space, opened to the public in Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, last week aiming to send out a message of peace and unity. Crete, Heraklion, Venetian Harbor. Photo © GNTO/Y.Skoulas Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura inaugurated the [...]

ESTA for Greeks for US Travel Now Valid for Two Years

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the validity of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) issued to Greek citizens to the standard two years. Previously, the United States issued ESTAs with a one-year validity to Greek citizens traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). According to an [...]

March 2019

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Opens in Athens

The fully renovated and extended Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens opened its doors this morning to welcome its guests to the Athenian Riviera. Marking a new era for the historic Astir Palace and the global brand, the fully renovated 300-room hotel is located in Vouliagmeni, amid 74 acres (30 hectares) of lush seaside landscape on [...]

Istanbul Airport Set for Full Opening in April

Istanbul Airport, set to be among the biggest and busiest in the world, will be fully operational next month after relocation of operations and equipment is completed, Turkish authorities said this month. Photo Source: İGA Both airports – Atatürk and Istanbul – will close for all scheduled passenger flights from 2am [...]

Lufthansa Group Modernizes Fleet, Orders 40 Long-haul Aircraft

Lufthansa Group is proceeding with the modernization of its long-haul fleet with the purchase of 40 state-of-the-art aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Based on the recommendation of the Executive Board, the group’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of 20 Boeing 787-9 and 20 additional Airbus A350-900 planes that will primarily be replacing four-engine aircraft. “By [...]

Ryanair to Launch 12 New Routes from Greece for Winter 2019

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair has announced its Greek 2019 winter schedule, which offers 12 new routes connecting Greece with 10 countries. According to an announcement, the carrier will be connecting Athens and Thessaloniki with major European cities and Israel, with a total of 55 routes, which will deliver 5.6 million customers per annum, and support over 4,200 jobs at Ryanair’s Greek [...]