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Greek Islands to be Connected to Abu Dhabi by New Etihad Flights

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Etihad Airways will offer direct flights to the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos this summer for the first time. Credit: Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

The Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini will be a direct flight away from Abu Dhabi due to two new Etihad Airways seasonal flights, the airline announced Sunday.

Flights to Mykonos will operate between July 8 and September 11, 2021 and Santorini between July 9 and September 12, 2021. Both destinations will benefit from the twice weekly direct service on an Airbus A320.

Direct flights to Greek islands by Etihad Airways

The flights, which will operate alongside Etihad’s standard service to Athens, will be slightly over four hours in duration.

“With a safe travel corridor established between the UAE and Greece, fully vaccinated individuals now have more opportunities to enjoy quarantine free travel. Travelers can enjoy Mykonos’ Mediterranean cuisine or admire Santorini’s unique architecture,” stated Etihad in announcing its new route.

As Greece has now lifted quarantine requirements for most nations, UAE residents are being encouraged to visit Greece in order to boost the vital tourism industry. The UAE was one of the first countries to which Greece opened its borders, and tourists continue to be more than welcome to visit the Greek islands.

However, it must be noted that travelers to Greece must be prepared to present proof of testing or inoculation to authorities when entering the territory of the Mediterranean nation.

Acceptable forms of proof include either the results of a coronavirus PCR test taken within the past 72-hour period, or a public health certificate written in English guaranteeing that they have been fully inoculated.

In this case, fully vaccinated means that fourteen days have passed since their final coronavirus vaccination.

More direct flights to Greece than ever

Interest in traveling to Greece after the long months of the pandemic is increasing at a rapid pace all across the globe.

As a result, major tour operators and airlines have added a record-high number of new direct flights to the country to meet the burgeoning demand.

“This summer we have more direct flights from the US than we’ve ever had, which shows that Americans want to travel to Greece,” the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted on June 1.

Perhaps the most notable uptick in direct flights stems from US airlines and destinations, many of which have decided to link the two countries across the Atlantic Ocean with nonstop flights for the first time.

American Airlines recently announced two new direct flights from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and O’Hare International in Chicago.

Other airlines have joined American in providing an increased number of flights to Greece this summer.

Delta Air Lines has added two routes from the United States to Greece, one departing from New York and the other from Atlanta.

Delta said in an announcement that the move was taken as part of its efforts to respond to its customers’ interests in destinations around the world.

United Airlines also recently announced more transatlantic flights to Croatia, Greece, and Iceland, all of which have flung open Europe’s doors to Americans. United has added flights from Newark International Airport and Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.

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