2 low-cost airlines are betting big on Greece next summer

Nov 10, 2021

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Jet2 and easyJet are betting big that Greece will be a top holiday destination next summer. The two budget airlines are adding a slew of flights to shuttle travellers between the UK and Greece for summer of 2022, anticipating massive demand as the vaccination rollout continues to spur the travel rebound.

Jet2 says the extra flights are in response to the increased demands the carrier is seeing. “Just as we always do, we have responded very quickly to demand, increasing capacity and adding more flights,” a Jet2 spokesperson told the Sun. “As such, we are looking forward to a fantastic summer 2022 programme, with more than one million additional seats on sale compared to summer 2019.”

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Some of Jet2’s new flights on the Summer 2022 schedule are already listed on the airline’s official website.

They include two new routes to Athens (ATH) from Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN).

  • Manchester (MAN) to Corfu (CFU) from €88
  • Manchester (MAN) to Rhodes (RHO) from €86
  • Manchester (MAN) to Kos (KGS) from €88
  • Manchester (MAN) to Mykonos (JMK) from €89
  • Manchester (MAN) to Santorini (JTR) from €89
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As for easyJet, the Swiss leisure airline is optimistic enough about the travel forecast to add half a million new seats to give Brits many options for Greek holidays beginning next June. This means that next year the airline will now be offering 1.6 million seats for travel, up from 1.1m that were available in 2019, before the pandemic ground European air travel to a halt.

The extra flights should also prove beneficial for family budgets, as the increased options should push the airlines to offer lower prices to keep the planes full.

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EasyJet flights to Greece are available now, with holiday travel prices starting as early as March. Examples include:

  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Thessaloniki (SKG) from €32.99
  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Athens (ATH) from €32.99
  • Manchester (MAN) to Athens (ATH) from $29.99

Tourism officials in Greece expect to see a 35 percent increase in Brit visitors next year as more people get vaccinated and also take up the supplemental booster shots against COVID-19. With travel restrictions being lifted in many countries – including the U.S. reopening on 8 November –, holidaymakers will have fewer obstacles to keep them from a relaxing getaway or going to see family.

Of course, it is always important to to stay on top of information before you travel as protocols can change on short notice. Already, some countries are warning they will set vaccination expiration dates.

This means travellers may need to get the booster shot and also provide proof of when they got it if they want to travel to countries with such restrictions.

More recently the UK has also seen reports warning that eligible people who turn down getting a COVID booster shot may face quarantine and other testing mandates in the future.

Official guidance was updated in November to say the Government “is reviewing the implications and requirements for boosters for international travel certification” and looking at whether and how booster vaccinations could be included in the NHS Covid Pass for travel.”

As always, be safe and check in advance of flying!

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