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Athens air service eases turbulence

ALEXANDRA KASSIMI

TAGS: Travel

In a bid to offer its passengers increased flexibility to while also trying to minimize the turbulence created by the US administration’s decision to ban portable electronic devices in air cabins on flights from airports with a strong Islamic character, Dubai-based carrier Emirates has introduced a second daily flight from Athens to Dubai, which started last Monday.

The Athens-Dubai service effectively feeds the direct air link between Greece and the US, whose introduction last March filled a gap that had existed in flight services since 2012.

The implementation of the decision that had already been reached for an Athens stopover of the Dubai-Newark service was spurred by increased demand, and developments in the air market have proven it was the right move.

Flights to the US that come directly from Dubai are subject to the new US law’s restrictions on portable electronic appliances. By contrast, passengers flying to Newark via Athens only face such restrictions on the Dubai-Athens leg; from Athens to Newark, passengers can carry their laptops, tablets, cameras or any other similar devices in their hand luggage.

This is the reason why Emirates has now adjusted its flight schedule, reducing direct flights to the US and boosting routes with stopovers in between.

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