The aviation company ‘Olympic Air’ announced the launch of its new Athens – Tel Aviv – Athens route on March 9th, 2012. Constantly upgrading its services to meet the needs of passengers, Olympic Air has added Israel to its regular flight schedule, thus enhancing its presence in the Middle East, and implementing its strategic planning in the Eastern Mediterranean area.
The new route is tailored for passengers with business affairs in both countries, while it also meets the needs of passengers traveling for vacation or recreation. Given that the broader area of Israel is hosting some of the most important shrines of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the route is also intended to cover so-called religious tourism, which represents an important share of the relevant market. Continuous improvement in Greek – Israeli relations necessitates a major increase of air routes between the two countries, and in line with this, the new route satisfies the increased flow of Israeli tourists to Greece.
Furthermore Olympic Air’s new route offers special advantages and privileges:
– For passengers travelling on the Tel Aviv – Athens leg, Olympic Air offers connecting flights to destinations in the Balkans, Cyprus, Greece, and the Greek islands in a network that no other airline offers.
– Travelers from Tel Aviv to Athens may access Greece by visiting the Greek capital, Athens, and fly onwards to 31 domestic destinations currently served.
– Connecting flights to the Greek islands are of special importance as the flow of Israeli tourists to Greece is constantly increasing.
Passengers on the new route will also enjoy the advantage of highly competitive departure and arrival times. Flights from Tel Aviv to Athens will be operated by Airbus A320/A319 three times a week, every Monday, Friday and Sunday. On Monday and Friday, the time of departure from Tel Aviv will be 13:20, and on Sunday 15:20. Respectively, departures from Athens on Monday and Friday are scheduled for 10:35am and Sunday for 11:55am. (All times are local). During the summer period, the frequency of flights will increase to four per week, adding one more flight every Thursday. Flight time is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
(Source: Travel Daily News/International.com)