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London To Athens, Which Airlines?  
User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

I may need to fly from London, England to Athens, Greece in a few months, and I'm trying to find out which airlines fly the route. Can anyone help? Thanks!



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User currently offlinePacificflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Easy! Fly either Olympic Airways or British Airways, your choice.

User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

I would go for British Airways. From what I heard about Olympic I would recommend avoiding them.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

Hellas Jet also fly daily A320 flights on the LHR-ATH route. They should be the cheapest option


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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1633 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

Dont forget that easyJet also fly that route, although with not a "full" service of course.

User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Your choices are

British Airways from Heathrow
Olympic Airways from Heathrow
Hellas Jet from Heathrow and Gatwick
Easyjet from Luton and Gatwick


User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Thanks everyone. I don't necessarily need to fly from LHR, I am somewhat flexible on the airport of choice and I was thinking of trying a new airline (have flown on BA before), so anything else? I just want to have as many options as possible.

User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

I checked out expedia and Alitalia offers a pretty good deal on flights to Athens from London Heathrow. That would obviously mean flying through Rome or Milan but if you don't care about stopping in Italy that would be a nice option. I haven't flown Alitalia so if it was my decision I would give them a try.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
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You can try Easyjet LTN-ATH, but they're quite pricey on that route.



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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1633 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

In case you are not aware, easyJet is a low cost airline, which means you will not get prices/tickets through web sites like expedia.

make sure you look at the easyjet website http://www.easyjet.com for their prices (checking both Luton and Gatwick departures)

Personally I'd agree with FlightLover though, fly a new airline, and get 4 flights for the price of 2!!

whatever you choose, have a great time!

Rich.


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

Hellas Jet is cheapest out of LHR and is a full service airline


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User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Expedia offers 244$ rountrip on Alitalia LHR-ATH via Rome for May-June period. If you book now for flights on EasyJet in May-June period (I guess that's when you are looking to travel to Athens) you could probably get a roundtrip between 100-120 pounds (roughly 160-190$) depending on the day you fly and the time.
I would go for a full service airline though. On a longer flight some pretty Italian flight attendants and good food is a nice option  Smile

[Edited 2004-03-18 01:37:59]

User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 583 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

If you would like to try Czech Airlines CSA you an fly LHR-PRG-ATH and same way back during the May-June period for about 190 pounds including the taxes. Prague is a nice airport, if you have never been there, try it, you will like it.

Have a good flight
Ales



Next Flight: Dec 06 PRG-WAW ATR72, Dec 07 WAW-PRG ATR42 with Czech Airlines.
User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

I've flown this route several times, Easyjet's the cheapest, BA is by far the best, AVOID OLYMPIC at all costs-terrible service, RUDE, rude FAs.
Have fun!



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User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

From a frequent route's flyer (ME)
The best is T4 Hellasjet esp. the LGW-ATH-LGW route because it is cheaper than the LHR option.
Enjoy the seaside part of Athens is great (Better than Cannes).
Cheers!!!!!!!


User currently offlineAdriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

If I where you I would avoid Czech Airlines. They are a great airline but I seem to remember that all the flights they operate to Greece land at about 3:00am. Because of the time difference, many airlines try to fly overnight on these routes.
Avoid the Olympic night departure from Heathrow (I think at 10:45 or there abouts) it gets in at 4:00am GMT+2. Also the crew left the lights on last time.
But Olympic is a good airline from my experience, try and fly on the A340 or on the A300, it is better than anything else flying that route.


User currently offlineTFJamie From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

Last Feb/mar I did LHR-ATH (transiting to CAI in ATH) on OA and I have nothing but good things to say about these flights. F/As were maybe not quite up to the job, but the following things made this an above average flight:

1. Food, excellent in my opinion, one of the best airline dishes I've had on a short route.
2. The A300, although a little dated has very good legroom, among the best in Europe with a whopping 33" seat pitch
3. The times were good an the flight was on time.
4. The ride was smooth and on such a short flight the lack of IFE was not felt.
5. The cheapest direct flight I found on travelocity, cheaper than Hellas Jet

Jens


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Re: Enjoy the seaside part of Athens is great (Better than Cannes).

Well I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion ! But I expect the coffee is cheaper in Athens.


User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Unfortunately the coffee may cost about 5-7 Euros on a seaside cafe....

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Same as Cannes, then  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

So its a tie!!!!!!!!! Smile/happy/getting dizzy
cheers.


User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

Thanks everyone. I think I will try the Hellasjet option from Gatwick. As I'm almost sure I will fly from DFW to London so flying Hellasjet avoids the need for airport change. I have flown BA before and I'm not too sure about Olympic anyway. I did check Easyjet but their Gatwick flight doesn't suit my schedule, even though it i certainly a cheaper option.

Alespesl, I have not flown CSA but I have been to Prague airport (flew on the late Swissair in '99) and it is for sure one of the nicest airports I've been too. . .not too big, not too crowded, nice views from the terminals.



User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

If you finally choose Hellasjet take a preview of the company and a browse on the fares at
And something crucial: If you are planning to visit Athens during the Olympics book your flight now because during that period the fares will be at least 50% up.
cheers again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vasilis.


User currently offlineSXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

At www.hellas-jet.com (I don't know why it did not appear in my last post)

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

Hellas is a really good airline, I would recommend it

http://www.hellas-jet.com



EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineDan330 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

This very good  Big thumbs up website may help:
http://www.plane-mad.com/flightguide

Although most flights have been mentioned above. Only other option is with Excel Airways, which is a charter airline but may be cheap from LGW.


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