Greece is one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. Lapped by the Aegean and Ionian Seas, the ancient sun-baked landscape is home to the birthplace of Western civilisation and hundreds of idyllic islands dotted across the beautiful blue. Travelling the Greek islands is a dreamy summer pastime, and Greece’s national carrier Aegean Airlines has made travelling to, from and around Greece even more accessible this summer and next, with its new Aegean Pass.
The new pass allows travellers to purchase blocks of flights to Greek islands and cities and secure the price of flights for a whole year, stretching across the summer, beyond, and even into next Spring. Travellers select a route or group of routes and can opt for eight to 20 flights. Travellers can also choose an option that fits their needs, allowing them to book their flights a maximum of 30, 7 or 0 days before, each with its own different pricing structure.
The Aegean Pass is the perfect way to spend a languid summer in Greece, exploring its historical and cultural mainland and the unique beauty of its island without risking flight price hikes. The packages not only include the flights at fixed prices but a complimentary choice of standard seat or a 50% discount on an upfront seat, along with some great bonus rewards miles for Aegean members. Travellers purchasing 12, 14 or 20 flight packages also get 30% off additional baggage.
From Athens, just a 4.5-hour direct flight from the UAE with connections on Emirates, Etihad and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, travellers can fly internally to 16 destinations, including some of the most famous and beautiful Greek islands. Popular summer destinations from Athens include the picturesque white-washed Cyclades island of Santorini, Mykonos, Chania and Heraklion in Crete, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes and Kefalonia, along with lesser-known Greek islands like Lesbos (Mytilene), Samos, Lemnos and Chios. Those wanting to explore mainland Greece can use the pass to fly from Athens to Thessaloniki, Alexandroupolis, Kavala and Ioannina.
Flights to Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes and Mytilene are also available from Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki, allowing travellers to explore the ancient Greek port city and see its Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman ruins and vibrant dining and nightlife scene before heading back to the capital or onwards to the idyllic islands. Flights are available from as low as the equivalent of AED75 per flight (€19 Athens-Thessaloniki). Athens-Mykonos starts at €34 (AED140) and Athens-Heraklion from €29 (AED115).
But the pass isn’t just for exploring Greece, as international flights from Athens and Thessaloniki are available, allowing travellers to head onwards and explore Europe as part of their summer plans. The international pass includes flights from Athens to London Heathrow, Paris, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Zurich, Larnaka, Barcelona, Brussels, Milan and Rome. From Thessaloniki, there are direct flights to Germany’s Berlin, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt.
Aegean pass is available for one year from purchase, but a secondary summer Aegean Pass allows for travel between the beautiful Cyclades islands of Paros, Naxos and Milos, some of the most outstandingly beautiful islands in the Aegean, and less crowded with tourists than their sister islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Travellers can choose between six or 10 flights for Paros, 6 for Naxos and 6 for Milos. Passes are valid for 1 year but can only be used in the summer period, from 1 June to 30 September, potentially stretching across two summer seasons and allowing for back-to-back Greek summers.