SkyGreece Airlines Plans Direct Flights to U.S. and Canada

skygreeceairlinesSkyGreece Airlines will act as a communication bridge between the Greek Diaspora in the U.S. and Canada and the motherland through the launch of transatlantic flights from Greece to New York and Toronto.

During a press conference that took place on April 22 in the presence of Greek Deputy Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, the company explained that its primary goal is to connect the Greek Diaspora members with Greece. Therefore, they have arranged for regular and not seasonal direct flights with low fares.

The company was founded by Greek Diaspora members with experience in the fields of aviation and tourism. On May 24, the company will make the first flight from Athens to Toronto, while on June 18 another flight will depart for Toronto from Thessaloniki, making a stop in Budapest, Hungary.

Furthermore, the first SkyGreece Airlines flight from Athens to New York will take place on June 19. Most routes have three scheduled flights per week. During the winter the numbers will drop to two flights per week between Athens and New York, one flight between Athens and Toronto and one flight from Dubai to Toronto.

Kountoura expressed the Greek government’s support toward SkyGreece Airlines’ great endeavor, noting that the company will act as a link between Greeks abroad and the motherland.

In the long-term, the company plans on adding several flight routes between Greece, Chicago, Boston and South Africa.

The company is based in Markopoulo, Attica, and also has offices in Montreal, Toronto and New York. It employs 150 people in total, 100 of which work in Greece, while another 60 will be recruited in cabin crew positions.


  • Mr Maverick

    Good luck guys. This time keep politics and politicians away from you and you will succeed. Wish you all the best.

  • skye4

    Like Hellenic Imperial, SkyGreece will fail. An airline that relies on the diaspora market will fail horribly.

    Without a dense route network offering local and regional connections, and without reaching out to business travelers and the tourism/cruise market, it’s a stupid business plan. The diaspora market alone doesn’t offer nearly enough customers to sustain these routes.

    Back in the day, Olympic’s long-haul routes to Australia and South Africa were subsidized by the Greek taxpayer. Their Chicago flights were also loss-makers and they were off-and-on canceled, despite Chicago having a large Greek population.

    There’s a reason serious carriers, like Aegean Airlines, start small, building their local and regional routes first, joining alliances, and building code-share agreements. For Aegean to -one day- offer long-haul routes, it would make sense, because they offer connections to the rest of Greece, as well as to several European and Middle Eastern destinations, both with their own aircraft and with code-share agreements.

    SkyGreece, on the other hand, is betting only on long-haul routes. It’s a guaranteed fail.

    Delta, American Airlines, Air Canada, Air Transat, Air China, and Singapore Airlines, the six carriers that already offer long-haul flights to Athens, offer regional and local connections on the North American and Asian ends. Air Canada and Singapore also offer connections on the Athens end, since they’re in Star Alliance with Aegean.

    Offering a connections is crucial for long-haul flights to make sense. For American tourists from, say, Texas or California that are catching a Mediterranean cruise in Athens: it makes far more sense for them to fly with Air Canada, Delta, or American, and connect to an Athens flight in Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, or New York…than to book two separate airlines (that don’t work together): one to get to New York, and the second with SkyGreece to Athens.

    Plus, rumor has it they’ll also be the laughing-stock of the aviation world, with their in-flight entertainment systems offering “byzantine hymns”, and “νηστισιμα φαγητα” on the menu. The last thing Greece needs is an airline that represents the country to poorly and makes us all a laughing stock. I don’t understand why so many members of the Greek diaspora cheer on such garbage business ventures, instead of being happy for and proud of Aegean: an award-winning global airline that’s gradually turning Athens Eleftherios Venizelos into a serious hub, in such a difficult economic climate.

  • skye4

    You already have plenty ways of getting to Greece. The country has over 30 airports, and Athens alone is served by 62 carriers.