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Aegean expands UK routes further with new flights to Athens from London Stansted beginning 11th July 2013

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Aegean Airlines has just announced that it will begin flights to Athens from London Stansted Airport commencing on July 11th 2013.

The route will operate three times per week and will connect easily with a through flight to the islands of Corfu, Kos and Rhodes.

It will be the very first airline to offer a business class service and offering to these Greek islands from the UK.

Aegean will connect Stansted Airport to Athens International airport with tri-weekly flights, on Thursday 11th July 2013. The flights will be operated using a brand new Airbus A320 168-seat aircraft, in dual class configuration providing a full service offering to all passengers, which includes complimentary food and drink, as well as one checked piece of baggage 23kgs. Business class passengers and Gold card members will have use of the business lounge at London Stansted Airport and an extra checked piece of baggage.

This additional route is a seasonal one and has been introduced because of the increased demand for flights to Athens from London. Aegean already has 3 daily flights from London Heathrow to Athens so the introduction of these flights from Stansted enables them to increase capacity on the route and also offer more affordable prices. The route will operate for two months until 16th September 2013.

The tri-weekly service will provide passengers with direct access to the Greek capital, as well as making it easier for passengers to continue their journey onwards with a through flight to the islands of Corfu, Kos and Rhodes.

Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum; it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.

The classical era is still evident in the city, which is bursting with ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark for early Western civilization. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery; it is every history enthusiasts dream. Athens was also the host city for the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896 and the host city for the Olympic Games in 2004.

The new route timetable departs from London Stansted airport on Thursday at 17.15, Saturday at 22.05 and Monday at 12.45. Flight time to Athens is approximately 3.55 minutes. Flights depart from Athens on Thursday at 14.30, Saturday at 19.20 and Monday at 10.00.

Through flights to:

· Kos begin on 11th July and then every Thursday departing Stansted at 17.15 arriving at 06.20 next day and returning at 12.45 arriving in Stansted at 16.30

· Corfu begin on 13th July and then every Saturday departing Stansted at 22.05 arriving at 06.30 next day and returning at 17.30 arriving in Stansted at 21.20

· Rhodes begin on 15th July and then every Monday departing Stansted at 12:45 arriving at 20:10 and returning at 08:00 arriving in Stansted at 12:00

Aegean Airlines also operate three daily flights to Athens International Airport from London Heathrow, as well as bi-weekly flights from Manchester Airport to Athens International airport which began on Saturday 25th May 2013.

Aegean Airlines have an introductory offer of £99 for flights from Stansted to Athens and £129 for flights to Corfu and Rhodes (via Athens) economy class. Plus Business class flights for £229 to Athens and £259 to Corfu and Rhodes. Prices are one way, excluding airport taxes, for bookings made between 1st July – 10th July, for flights between 11th July and 16th September 2013. To book see www.aegeanair.com or contact your travel agent.

About Aegean

Aegean Airlines, a member of Star Alliance network, is Greece’s largest full-service airline, carrying 6.1 million passengers in 2012. The company invests on strengthening its international presence and on supporting the Greek tourism both in Athens and in regional airports. The Aegean fleet consists of 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft with an average age of 4.5 years. The Company operates 180 routes, 158 of which are international and 22 domestic.

In 2013, AEGEAN was ranked 'Best Regional Airline Europe' in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax for its 2013 World Airline Awards. It is the fourth time that the company has received this distinction, the previous being in 2009, 2011 and in 2012. In its 14 years history, Aegean has been awarded six times by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).

Aegean also operates three daily flights to Athens International Airport from London Heathrow, as well as weekly flights from Manchester Airport to Athens International airport which began on Saturday 25th May 2013.

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