BRITS can start packing their bags for Greece after Athens announced that nine days from now direct flights from the UK will take off again.
In news that tour operators and travel agents have been eagerly awaiting, the Greek government said it’ll be lifting its ban on travel for all Brits – and to ALL destinations – from July 15.
Flights to popular, sun-kissed islands will resume from that day nearly four months after air-links were cut with the UK.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas used his daily briefing to announce the news saying the decision was made together with the British government.
Improved data from UK health authorities showing declining coronavirus infection rates and casualties helped persuade officials in Athens to lift the ban.
“In cooperation with the British government, and following the advice of experts, the government announces the resumption of direct flights from the United Kingdom to all airports of the country from July 15,” Petsas told reporters.
One source told Sun Online Travel that the decision was revealed ahead of time to give Brits the luxury to arrange long-awaited trips to the country.
“We wanted to announce it today so that UK citizens had ten days to book their holidays,” the source said.
The UK has long been the country’s most lucrative market, luring more than three million holidaymakers to favourite resorts every year.
Islands including Corfu, Zakynthos and Kefalonia are completely dependent on Brit tourists.
Local media in Kefalonia reacted to the announcement with jubilation saying the Ionian isle would receive a total of 31 flights from the UK this month alone.
Jet2 will start flying out of Stansted, Manchester, the East Midlands and Glasgow from July 15, while easyJet has flights for the following week.
“In August we will have many more flights from the English market,” reported Kefalonia press saying air links with TUI and British Airways would also resume next month.
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Other countries have announced their plans to welcome Brits following the air bridge announcement.
Cyprus will allow Brits back from August 1, the same date that easyJet will relaunch holiday packages.
Spain has welcomed UK travellers back since last month – but has been forced to close more than 55 beaches due to overcrowding this weekend.