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Jet2 Lays Out Expansion Plan for Greece

Jet2 has confirmed that it will be expanding in Greece in the coming months. Credit: Craig Sunter, CC BY 2.0

The British travel group Jet2 will massively expand its airline offerings for Greece in 2022, adding 600,000 seats for a total of 1.44 million seats in the coming year.

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced the planned expansion from Jet2, which operates and Jet2Holidays, on Monday from the World Travel Market 2021 conference in London.

Under the terms of the deal will make the airline seats to Greece available to depart from 10 different UK airports and arrive at 15 different Greek airports. The company will also be providing two more flights each week to Greece’s capital, Athens, from Birmingham and Manchester.

The expansion will kick off in April of next year, as Greece welcomes tourists to begin their summer’s early in the country.

The deal is a response to the increase in tourism in Greece in 2021, and the booming popularity of Greece’s islands, historical destinations, and tourist friendly cities.

“We have just agreed with Jet2 for 600,000 airline seats exceeding 2019 levels, with new flights from Manchester and from Birmingham to Athens from as of April 15,” Kikilias said.

A representative from Jet2 remarked that demand for tickets and travel packages to Greece has only grown since 2021, and that the company felt that its only option to keep up was to offer more seats:

 “Just as we always do, we have responded very quickly to demand, increasing capacity and adding more flights.

“As such, we are looking forward to a fantastic summer 2022 programme, with more than one million additional seats on sale compared to summer 2019.

“We now have more than 2.3 million outbound and inbound seats on sale between Greece and our 10 UK bases for summer 2022.”

Jet2 will be offering flights and packages for cities like Athens, but it is also heavily targeted towards the ever popular Greek islands and beaches, with Crete, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lesvos, Mykonos, Skiathos, Santorini, Kos, Kalamata, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Preveza and Zante all being included in the new plan.

“We are the UK’s leading airline and tour operator to Greece when it comes to the number of peak flights,” the representative said.

Jet2 increases airline seats to Greece as demand for country’s tourist destinations booms

Its not hard to understand why demand for Greek vacations is booming. Greece’s scenic islands and beaches have long been a favorite for visitors, with the village of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini topping the list of the world’s most beautiful villages in a report released by Uswitch earlier this month.

Uswitch looked at data from across social media to determine which scenic villages were the favorites amongst visitors. Analyzing Instagram hashtags and Pinterest pins, the site found that Oia was by far the most popular village in the entire world.

Oia had a total of 1,612,671 social media posts, over 300,000 posts more than the number two spot on the list, the village of Goreme, Turkey– that difference alone would be enough to take the number five spot on the list.

These numbers indicate that Oia is in a league of its own amongst the breathtaking village of the world. Oia’s post-ability can definitely be attirbuted to its breathtaking views across the south Aegean Sea, where the island’s architecture is beautifully displayed across the volcanic island of Santorini.


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