17 January, 2007
The US-based carrier Continental Airlines will commence regular flights between New York and Athens beginning June 8, with daily service throughout the summer season, the airline announced on Tuesday.
During the summer season, the NY-Athens flights will be daily, while in the periods September-October and March-April there will be five weekly flights, and in the November-March period there will be three flights per week due to the anticipated seasonal reduction in demand.
The flight from Athens to New York, which will take approximately 11 hours, will have the code number CO105, departing from the Eleftherios Venizelos international airport at 12:20 and arriving at New York's Newark Liberty International Airport at 16:30 local (NY) time.
The return flight (NY-Athens), which will take approximately 10 hours, will have the code CO104, departing New York at 17:30 and arriving in Athens at 10:20 the following morning.
The flights will be carried out by 174-seat Boeing 767-200ER planes, of which 25 seats will be business class.
Ticket prices have not yet been determined, but according to airline officials the prices will be competitive and will be announced in the next few days, following agreement with American and Greek authorities.
Continental Airlines, which employees 44,000 people, is the fifth largest airline world wide, with a fleet of 350 airplanes carrying out more than 3,200 departures daily to the US, Europe and Asia which serve 151 destinations in the US and 136 destinations worldwide, transporting approximately 61 million passengers annually.
Athens thus becomes the 29th city in Europe, and Greece the 16th country, in Continental Airline's overseas network.
Source: Athens News Agency