Ryanair believes Greece will lead the way as a European summer destination, as the country aims to reopen its borders on May 14, and the airlines’ new bases of operations in the Greek islands are ample proof.
Ryanair believes Greece will be Europe’s favorite summer destination. The airline recently announced the launch of brand-new bases in Corfu (CFU) and Rhodes (RHO), and the reopening of its base in Chania (CHQ), Crete. Corfu will get two airplanes, while Rhodes and Crete will receive one. According to the Ryanair press release, they will be offering 107 routes in total, including 46 new routes “to help boost air traffic and the tourism industry as vaccination programs continue and Europe re-opens in time for the Summer holiday season.”
All three bases will launch in July 2021 as seasonal destinations. Earlier this month, the airline has also announced the launch of a new Tel Aviv to Santorini route, flying twice a week from July 3rd. Optimistic forecasts indicate the volume of travel to Greece may return to 85% of flights and vacations in 2019.
According to Ryanair’s Commercial Director, Jason McGuinness, “As vaccination rollout programs continue in the coming months, air traffic is set to soar this Summer and we are delighted to announced three new summer bases in Greece… Greece is proving to be a resilient destination and is determined to lead the way in tourism recovery as we walk away from the Covid-19 pandemic.”