Airlines are now taking it more seriouslyGreece is very thirsty for new tourism business to rebuild its economy and recent announcements promise to be very welcome. British Airways and Aegean Airlines will both be offering new flights into Athens and to Crete, the largest of the Greek islands.
In June 2015 Aegean will introduce a route from Gatwick in the UK to Heraklion, Crete’s historic capital city. There will be up to six flights a week. The airline has also stated that its seasonal flights from Manchester Airport to Athens will now be an all-year service.
British Airways has now announced that from April 25 2015 it will for the first time fly directly to Heraklion four times a week from Gatwick.
It has been suggested that the major airlines have become more attracted to Crete because of the arrival of more upmarket quality tourist facilities. Crete is vying to compete with famous luxury tourist islands such as Mykonos and Santorini.
A short distance along the coast from Heraklion is the town of Elounda, opposite the small island of Spinalonga. Its luxury facilities have been increased by the opening of new lavish villas at the hotel Domes of Elounda.
Crete is an appealing destination for incentive group organisers. It has superb landscapes of mountains and gorges, traditional island villages, fascinating relics from ancient history and excellent swimming in the Mediterranean.