Executives form American Airlines (AA), officials from the Athens International Airport and US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt held an event on Wednesday to mark the launch of three daily direct flights from New York, Chicago and Philadelphia to Athens from beginning of June.
The first flight Athens-New York will start on June 5, 2021, sai dthe Greek Tourism Ministry
Με 3 πτήσεις/μέρα επιστρέφει στη χώρα μας η @AmericanAir. Από 5/6, θα ξεκινήσει την πτήση Αθήνα-ΝΥ & επαναφέρει τις πτήσεις από Αθήνα προς Σικάγο αλλά και Φιλαδέλφεια. Από τις ΗΠΑ έρχονται θετικά μηνύματα, πολλοί Αμερικανοί θέλουν να ταξιδέψουν στην Ελλάδα https://t.co/DV0DfHDnyI
— Υπουργείο Τουρισμού (@MinTourGR) May 27, 2021
Pyatt said that he remembered giving remarks at the airport two years ago, “when American Airlines launched its first non-stop flights between Chicago and Athens, connecting Greece to one of the world’s largest Greek diaspora communities.” He said that US airlines had launched “a record nine daily direct flights” to Greece for the summer season.
In reopening the country to tourism, the Greek government “has prioritized the vaccination of citizens on its islands and tourism workers and has instituted effective health protocols to make visiting Greece as safe as possible.”
As a result “American travel demand for Greece has skyrocketed,” Pyatt stressed.
I welcome the efforts of U.S. airlines like @americanair to launch new direct flights between our countries. That’s good for the recovery of both our economies and strengthens the people-to-people ties that are so important to our flourishing relationship. https://t.co/RTeTnhDFKH
— Geoffrey Pyatt (@USAmbPyatt) May 26, 2021