The first direct flight to El. Venizelos” of the American liner Delta

This morning, March 8, the first direct flight of an American airline from the United States arrived at Athens International Airport.

The airliner took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and was operated by Delta.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, along with U.S. Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt, welcomed the carrier’s arrival at Athens International Airport, making the first flight of this year’s tourist season, the publication reports.

Mr. Kikilias made the following statement: “We welcome the first direct American flight to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. We are very pleased that this year the season opened early, and this is a vote of confidence in the country and Greek tourism. Nine direct flights daily from the United States will arrive in Greece, which shows how important our efforts are – and they will be successful – to attract tourists from America to Greece. Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for your support.”

For his part, Mr. Payat said: “First of all, I congratulate you, Minister. I also want to congratulate Delta on the first US flight of this travel year, which we have high hopes for. Greece has a lot to offer. Spring in Greece is a fantastic time of the year and I’m thrilled to have our first direct flight to America sooner than ever. This is just the beginning. This year we will have a record number of direct flights from the US.

I also want to say, Minister, as we meet against the backdrop of the terrible events in Ukraine, how much I appreciate your statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism to employ Ukrainians displaced by violence in their country in the tourism industry. So it’s great that we have some good news today that we’re focused on and I’m very optimistic that we’ll see a record number of American tourists coming here to enjoy all that Greece has to offer over the next eight to nine months.” .

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