Flights from the UK to Greece restarted on Wednesday (15 July) as the country seeks to extend its tourism season into the winter.
Although Greece reopened to tourism on 1 July, flights from the UK were not permitted to resume until 15 July due to the UK’s relatively high Covid-19 infection rate.
British Airways, Jet2.com and Wizz Air are among the carriers due to resume flights to Greek airports, while tour operator Tui is expected to relaunch Greece flights soon.
Meanwhile Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis said the government wanted to extend this year’s tourism season throughout the winter if “health conditions allow” and become a “12 month” tourism destination.
“So far we have done very well in restarting Greek tourism but under no circumstances should we be complacent,” Theoharis told Greek media. “The battle may have been won, but not the raging war.”
“We must strike a balance between hospitality and safety. Unfortunately, no country has built a model that we consider to work perfectly.”
Earlier this week, Greece threatened to reintroduce some lockdown measures following a spike in Covid-19 cases which coincided with the return of tourism.