Budget operator easyJet has announced a host of new cheap flights to Greece for this summer as the airline improves its services from Gatwick.
The airline already flies to seven destinations in Greece from Gatwick, including Rhodes, Athens and Corfu. The new routes will expand the Greek offering from easyJet with new additions to the itinerary in Crete, Kos and Zante.
The Greek Islands have dipped in popularity recently to cheap holiday destinations such as Turkey and Egypt. A resurgence of holidays to Spain this year has also taken the limelight away from Greece. However, the Greek Islands still offer some of the most idyllic beaches in the eurozone, prompting easyJet to increase their Greek offering.
As well as three new routes from Gatwick, easyJet have announced a further 11 routes to Greece from European hubs. Flights to existing Greek airports in Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Thessaloniki will be added to easyJet’s other established bases in Milan, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Liverpool, Bristol and Basel.
Last week easyJet announced a strong opening quarter to 2010 with revenue ahead of expectations and a 9.1 per cent increase in passenger numbers. With 54 per cent of customers coming from outside of the UK, easyJet is keen to strengthen both domestic and foreign routes to Greece.
Chief executive Andy Harrison commented in an easyJet press statement: “easyJet has continued to deliver superior performance into the first quarter of our new financial year. The strength of customer demand has allowed us to grow passengers flown by nearly 10% with virtually no yield deterioration, slightly ahead of our initial expectations.”