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SKY Express Offers Free Tickets to Students Following Train Tragedy

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The Greek airline Sky Express is offering undergraduate university students free tickets between Athens and Thessaloniki as a gesture after the Tempi train tragedy. Credit: MarcelX42 / CC BY 4.0 Wikimedia Commons

On Friday, the Greek airline SKY Express announced that it is offering members of Greece’s student community free air travel tickets between Athens and Thessaloniki in the aftermath of the Tempi train tragedy.

Free flights for students in Athens and Thessaloniki will run between March 10 and March 31, and occur every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. SKY Express is collaborating with TEXAN Environmental Management to offer Greek students the free flights.

Since the deadly collision on February 28, which killed at least 57 people, Hellenic Train has suspended all services on the Athens – Thessaloniki line on which the accident occurred. Widespread strikes by Greece’s transport workers have also caused parts of the country to grind to a halt.

 SKY Express announces free air travel for students

SKY Express, in collaboration with TEXAN Environmental Management, announced on Friday that air travel tickets would be made available to undergraduate students of public and private universities in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The air passengers will have to be able to show a valid student pass or proof of study and be no older than 25 years old to claim a free ticket. To activate a free ticket, which is also free from airport taxes, students are instructed on the SKY Express website to enter specific codes when they book a ticket.

The free tickets are only available on the Athens – Thessaloniki – Athens route. Eligible students are entitled to one free ticket. The tickets are non-changeable, non-cancellable, and non-transferable.

Each free ticket includes 8kg of hand luggage and one 23kg checked-in bag.


“The whole SKY express family proves that we constantly listen to the needs of our young people and their families and respond to them in a direct and practical way,” said Ioannis Grylos, President of the IOGR Group, to which SKY Express belongs.

“Our hope through this initiative is to contribute from our side, so as not only to facilitate the new generation of our country but also to inspire them with vision and optimism to lay the foundations for a better tomorrow, charting their own path,” he continued.

Dr. Panagiotis Mourgos, the CEO of TEXAN Group also commented. “Within the framework of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we contribute to the practical support of students, so that they can continue their studies without interruption, but also maintain their family ties, despite the difficult times that we are all experiencing”.

“As TEXAN Group, we always implement corporate responsibility actions that support social cohesion and strengthen important social and environmental goals in our country,” Mourgos continued.

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