Direct flights from Canada to Athens, Greece will begin on April 2, said the Greek Tourism Ministry on Wednesday following a meeting between Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Canadian Ambassador Mark Allen.
For the first time, it said, these flights will extend past October, all the way to the end of November. The ministry noted that this tied in with the ministry’s aim of extending the official duration of the tourism season in Greece.
Kikilias said that more tourists from Canada are expected this year, in conjunction with the recent lifting of mandatory coronavirus tests for fully vaccinated Canadians (a measure also lifted for Australians and American citizens as of February 12).
Canada and US airports offering direct flights to Greece
Ambassador Allen also informed the Greek minister that Canada had lifted the travel advisory against non-essential travel.
Canada’s Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) are offering North Americans a direct link to and from Greece; YYZ and YUL are served, primarily, by Air Canada.
This summer, American airlines will operate 14 direct flights every week between eight large US airports and Athens, Greece as the country eases its coronavirus travel requirements.
Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said after a meeting with US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt that direct flights between Greece and the US will start serving passengers on March 7, earlier in the season than in any other year.
This “amounts to a vote of confidence in our country by a key market that adds high value to Greek tourism,” Kikilias said on Monday.
In early February 2022, Greece eased some travel restrictions, including removing COVID testing requirements for all vaccinated travelers from Australia, Canada, and the US.
All travelers holding a European Union Digital Covid Certificate (“Green Pass”) can now enter Greece without showing a negative test.