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 [...]

February 2019

TEMES Gets Majority Control of Hilton Athens

TEMES, a premier destination developer and operator in the high-end tourism and real estate sector, on Friday announced that it has agreed to increase its stake and acquire a controlling interest in Ionian Hotel Enterprises S.A., which owns the landmark Hilton Athens hotel in downtown Athens managed by Hilton. According to an announcement, TEMES entered [...]

AEGEAN: New Destinations and 700,000 Additional Seats in 2019

The 2019 flight schedule of AEGEAN includes increased capacity with additional frequencies and new routes. According to an announcement on Thursday, the airline company is investing this year on both network expansion and the extension of the tourism season in Greece. AEGEAN plans this year to increase the capacity of its international network by 700,000 seats, reaching [...]

January 2019

Attica Region Sets Up Film Office in Athens to Facilitate Foreign Producers

Aiming to tap into the benefits of the film industry and attract more foreign producers, the Region of Attica has announced the establishment of a film office in Athens. The office will operate as a one-stop-shop for foreign production crews in search of filming locations in Attica. The Attica Film Office will assist producers in their communication with state and local [...]

Ryanair to Suspend Athens – Thessaloniki Services

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will suspend services between Athens and Thessaloniki as of April 1, 2019. According to the announcement, the last flight from the Greek capital to Thessaloniki in northern Greece, will depart on March 31, at 8.05pm, while tickets are no longer available for sale. Speaking to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA), Ryanair Sales [...]