New flight connections to Ionian Islands increase hopes for another record breaking summer season
Airline carriers are bracing themselves for another record breaking summer season in Greece. They have already started creating new flight routes to the Ionian Islands, with Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos being the most benefitted destinations.
Lauda Motion, a low-cost subsidiary of Ryanair, announced last week the scheduling of two direct flights per week from the Vienna Airport to the island of Corfu, and another one to the island of Zakynthos. These flights assume operation by 01 April, and will be accommodated by Airbus A320 narrow body jets, capable to seat approximately 180 passengers. Lauda Motion’s initiative was pursued by another Austria airline, People’s, former Viennaline. People’s have scheduled a weekly direct connection to Aktio Airport in Preveza starting operations from 04 June and lasting until late September. Flights will be operated by Embraer E-170 jets, with passenger capacity of roughly 130 seats.
For its part, Alitalia, the Italian airline carrier will also establish a direct flight from Rome’s Fiumicino to Kefalonia’s Airport, operative only in the high summer season from 29 July to end of August. Flights will be carried out by Airbus A319 jets, consisted of 160 passenger seats. Following international competitors’ movements, the domestic contender Astra Airlines announced the initiation of a new flight connecting Thessaloniki with Kefalonia Airport from early June to end of September. These flights will either be performed by short-haul flight ATR-42 jets with seating capacity of 48 passengers or an ATR-72 aircraft comprised of 70 seats.