Greece has been a preferred choice for holidaymakers for many years. With good reason. Here is a destination that provides the perfect setting for a week away, for families and couples, for young tourists and senior travellers - a country of vibrant cities, deep-rooted history, hot weather and hundreds of sunny islands where you are never far from a beach.
But how do you get there? Quite simply, if you are planning a break in Greece during 2014, you should consider flying with AEGEAN - the airline that knows Greece best.
Not only is AEGEAN the only Greek carrier to serve the UK, but it does so from five key British airports. AEGEAN currently flies to Athens from London, Heathrow and Gatwick, with up to four flights a day to the Greek capital. During 2014, there will also be seasonal services from another three airports - Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester.
AEGEAN is a true gateway to Greece.
In total, it flies to over 30 airports* across the country - from the big cities (Thessaloniki is on the map, as well as Athens) and the classic holiday hotspots (much-loved places such as Crete, Corfu, Kos, Kefalonia, Mykonos and Rhodes) to hidden gems (pretty Mytilene on less-known isle Lesbos, the intriguing city of Alexandroupolis in the east of the country) and those beautiful places where you will always be reaching for your camera (incredible islands like Santorini).
If you choose to fly with AEGEAN, you are assured of time-honoured Greek hospitality that begins as soon as you step on board. AEGEAN is a full service airline that places its focus on the customer, and an emphasis on quality and efficiency. Passengers can expect to enjoy those crucial things that transform a flight into a journey to be remembered - from good food and a selection of wines, to punctual arrival at their chosen destination.
Since 2010, AEGEAN has been a valued part of the respected Star Alliance network - a membership that positions it alongside some of the major airlines of the world. AEGEAN passengers can take advantage of streamlined booking and connections to a global list of over 1,300 destinations in almost 200 countries, through Star Alliance partner operators.
AEGEAN's growth was boosted in 2013 by the acquisition of Olympic Air.
Together, the airlines carried 8.5 million passengers during 2013, on 30 A320 family aircraft and 14 Bombardier Q series family aircraft. In 2014, the combined route network of the two companies in 2014 will exceed 205 international routes, and a further 45 domestic ones.
Flying with AEGEAN offers further rewards via the Miles&Bonus loyalty programme. Designed for those who place their travel plans in Aegean's hands on a frequent basis, the scheme offers many benefits - air miles that can be redeemed for flights and car hire; exclusive discounts and special offers. Gold members can enjoy convenient extras like priority check-in and boarding - and the chance to relax before take off in AEGEAN's airport lounges. The programme is also integrated with all Star Alliance frequent flyer schemes - meaning that travellers can be rewarded for their journeys wherever they go.
Little wonder, then, that AEGEAN receives regular plaudits for its service. In 2013, it was recognised as the 'Best Regional Airline in Europe' in a worldwide survey of over 18 million passengers by the independent research firm Skytrax. This was the fourth time in five years that AEGEAN has earned this title, following on from 2009, 2011 and 2012.
It all adds up to an award-winning airline that brings the joys of Greece closer to the UK.
DESTINATIONS AEGEAN flies to over 30 destinations* across Greece - including these brilliant locations ATHENS What: The legendary capital Greece's main metropolis is one of Europe's great cities - a place of ancient temples and ruined glories, but also a cosmopolitan enclave where you can eat well in the restaurants of Psiri, sip cocktails in the cool bars of Thissio and enjoy the view from Lycabettos hill. …