The first flight on Aegean's new route to Athens took off from Birmingham Airport on Tuesday 10th June. The seasonal route will operate twice a week, Tuesday and Saturday.
The bi-weekly service will provide passengers in the Midlands with direct access to the Greek capital, as well as making it easier for passengers to continue their journey onwards with a through flight to over 30 Greek destinations in Greece.
The flights will be served using an Airbus A320 168-seat aircraft, providing a full service offering to all passengers, which includes complimentary food and drink. The route will operate until 25th October 2014. Gold card members will have use of the business lounge at Birmingham Airport. Gold card member will also be able to carry an extra piece of baggage.
Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum; it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.
The classical era is still evident in the city, which is bursting with ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark for early Western civilization. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery; it is every history enthusiasts dream. Athens was also the host city for the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896 and the host city for the Olympic Games in 2004.
The bi-weekly flights will be operated with the following schedule:
Birmingham – Athens
A3 637 22:15 04:00 Tuesday 10/06/2014-09/09/2014
A3 637 22:15 04:00 Saturday 14/06/2014-25/10/2014
Athens – Birmingham
A3 636 19:30 21:30 Tuesday 10/06/2014-09/09/2014
A3 636 19:30 21:30 Saturday 14/06/2014-25/10/2014