Greek airline Sky Express to launch London to Athens flights next month

Jul 16, 2021

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There’s a new airline set to begin flying out of London Heathrow Airport.

Greece-based carrier Sky Express is debuting a new direct route to Athens beginning 1 August. The flight will be offered six days a week (Saturday being the exception).

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Along with providing another option for Brits to visit a popular destination such as Athens, the new service opens up a number of connection possibilities, since Sky Express operates what it says is the largest network in Greece.

“Greece is such a popular destination for U.K. travellers and the new service will further extend its tourism reach into the U.K. with onward connections to 35 exciting destinations in the country,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline is betting that the return of summer travel will make this route a solid business decision. Greece is on the U.K.’s amber travel list, which means fully vaccinated Brits who travel there will not be subject to a mandatory quarantine upon returning to London as of 4 a.m. on 19 July. That could make a difference for people considering booking a holiday there.

Flights will depart from London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 at 2 p.m., arriving in Athens at 7:30 p.m. the same day. Sky Express will service the route using its brand-new Airbus A320neo 174-seat aircraft, which offers business and economy class options.

The return flight will leave the Greek capital at 11:10 a.m. land at Heathrow at 1:05 p.m.

Sky Express’ new route gives U.K. travellers even more options to visit Greece. British Airways and Aegean Airlines already operate flights between Heathrow and Athens, while EasyJet offers Athens service from Gatwick. Ryanair flies to Athens from Stansted and Luton airports, and Wizz Air operates routes from Gatwick and Luton. And next summer, Jet2 has said it will debut flights from Stansted to Athens.

Related: Why airport slots at London Heathrow are so valuable

Getting a slot at Heathrow isn’t easy for an airline. Because it’s such an incredibly busy airport, demand is high and space is limited. Before the pandemic crippled air travel, Sky Express may have never been able to secure a slot there. The turmoil in the industry the past year and a half apparently created an opportunity for the Greek carrier to get a foothold at one of world’s most heavily-trafficked airports.

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