Low-cost flyer Ryanair has announced on Monday that it will halt all flights between Thessaloniki and Athens and vice versa as of 1. April 2019, right at the begin of the tourism season. The route Athens-Thessaloniki was the most used among the domestic flights.
The last flight from Thessaloniki to Athens ( flight FR8969) will take place on March 21st 2019, Ryanair said in a post on Facebook. Tickets sales have been halted for flights after March 31st, the airline added.
The airline did not mention the reasons for cancelling all flights between the Greek capital and the country’s second biggest city, it just said that the decision was taken last summer.
According to some unofficial speculation, Ryanair halts the flight from/to Thessaloniki airport because the managing company FRAPORT is raising the fees for the planes using the ‘Macedonia’ airport.
The decision has triggered an outrage among Greeks in first place with many ironically wondering whether Athens-Thessaloniki flight would be possible via Timisoara.
On January 4th, Ryanair left stranded 201 passengers from London to Thessaloniki in Timisoara, Romania, due to bad weather conditions in ‘Macedonia’ airport.
The Ryanair pilot could have flown to Athens or another airport nearby, hadn’t it be for CEO Michael O’Leary’s world famous stinginess and scroogeness before he met the Christmas spirits.