“We want to be leaders in the field of tourism. We want to be champions, we don’t want to be among the best, we want to be the best. This is achieved with great effort and hard work, ”said Minister of Tourism Vasilis Kikilias in an interview with Open TV on Sunday.
“The Ministry of Tourism and professionals in this area are directly or indirectly responsible for 25% of the GDP of the Greek economy,” he added. “Last week we attended the WTM in London with GNTO General Secretary Mr. Fragakis, travel entrepreneurs from all over the country, airlines, regions and municipalities. We have agreed with EasyJet to increase availability by 500,000 seats for airlines by 2022. That is, instead of 1.1, it will attract 1.6 million visitors and may reach 2 million. They also expressed their intention to establish technical bases in Heraklion and Corfu, ”said Kikilias.
He added: “We have also signed an agreement with Jet2 that includes an increase of 600,000 seats for 2022, 270 flights per week to 15 airports in our country from April 1, new routes from Birmingham and Manchester to Athens from April 15. He stressed that British Airways also plans to operate, in addition to Heathrow, Gatwick Airport, with 64 flights to Greece as of December.
“Last month, we also signed agreements with Air France and Transavia during the French Top Resa fair,” Kiquilias said.
The Greek Minister of Tourism said that the October reservations for the summer of 2022 are already 30% higher than the reservations for October 2018 for the summer of 2019.