Flying to Greece and the Greek Islands (Cheap Flights)
Cheap flights to Greece are readily available in these days of package holiday tourism which has seen air fares falling and flight numbers soaring in recent years. You can fly direct to mainland Greece and many of the islands from several European destinations, securing a low cost flight either independently or as part of a package deal.
Some of the best budget air fares are to be found on the Internet so it's worth taking the time to scout around before you hand your money over to a high street agent. The UK currently has more than a dozen airports from which you can fly straight to your Greek holiday destination. These include Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle.
Plumping for a cheap charter flight means you won't get all the creature comforts of a scheduled service.but just think of all that extra cash you'll have to spend on ouzo and souvlaki!
If comfort is more important to you than a cheap air fare you'll probably want to book a scheduled flight. The national airline of Greece, Olympic Airways, serves a worldwide network of destinations including New York, Johannesburg, Sydney, Bahrain and Toronto. If you pay more for an Olympian Executive Class ticket you'll enjoy all sorts of extra goodies including access to a VIP lounge at Athens and other international airports, priority baggage collection, a choice of menu and an extensive in-flight entertainment programme.
Olympic Airways has regular domestic flights connecting many of the Greek islands but it's an expensive way to island-hop. You'll be better off getting a cheap flight to Athens then island-hopping by boat or hunt around for a low-cost plane ticket directly to one of the islands.
Greece has a total of 16 international airports the busiest being, of course, Athens which handles all intercontinental air traffic. Thessaloniki in northern Greece handles both scheduled and charter flights from several European destinations including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Istanbul. Iraklio Airport on the island of Crete has a scheduled service to and from Amsterdam and also handles a large number of charter flights. Crete also has another international airport at Hania which solely handles charter services.
Other international airports can be found on the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. These airports are used largely by British, German and Scandinavian package holidaymakers.
To reach the Ionian island of Lefkada you can fly into Aktion International Airport on the west coast of Central Greece. The island is connected to the mainland by a drawbridge and is only a 30-minute bus ride from the airport. The international airport at Hrysoupolis in Macedonia gives easy access to the northernmost of the North Eastern Aegean Islands, Thassos and Samothraki.