Minister Kountoura: Three Airlines to Run Direct NY-Athens Flights

Three US-based carriers will be offering direct flights from New York to Athens, Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said during her trip to the US for the 17th New York Capital Link “Invest in Greece” Forum held in the “Big Apple” last month.

Speaking to Astoria-based New Greek TV, Mrs Kountoura said that Delta, United and American airlines would be handling passenger traffic to Greece in the upcoming summer season.

The minister also added that despite having proposed Greece’s largest carrier, Aegean Airlines, launch direct flights between Greece and the US, there has been no such decision yet.

Diaspora Greeks as well as tour operators have repeatedly called for year-round flights to the homeland, particularly after a number of international carriers stopped offering direct services over the last few years.

Markopoulo-based airline SkyGreece, founded in October 2012, aimed to offer non-stop flights between Greece and North America all year round, however, last November the company declared bankruptcy only months into operation.

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