Athens Airport aspires to see more Chinese arrivals

Athens Airport aspires to see more Chinese arrivals

Drawing on the direct air links between Athens, the capital of Greece, and Beijing and Shanghai in China, Athens International Airport (AIA) is counting on a return of the number of Chinese arrivals in Greece to pre-pandemic levels soon.

AIA welcomed large numbers of Chinese tourists before Covid-19 hit the world, Ioanna Papadopoulou, AIA’s director of communications and marketing, said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

On December 22 Air China launched a new direct flight between Shanghai and Athens.

After the resumption of the Athens-Beijing air link last summer following a two-year hiatus, Air China now operates two direct flights per week between the two countries.

“We are firmly committed to continuously working together to substantially support the airlines’ operations here in Athens and of course contribute to the success,” Papadopoulou said.

The operation of two direct flights between China and Greece was “an important step” toward fulfilling the goals of the Joint Action Program 2022-2024 signed in Athens last March, a program aimed at strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism, China’s Ambassador to Greece Xiao Junzheng said.

“China and Greece are both prominent actors in the global tourism industry. Deepening cooperation will further promote the development of our tourism industries and will also facilitate our investment, finance, trade and services, which will enhance the well-being of the two peoples,” Xiao noted.

“Air China will actively promote and initiate new cultural and tourism exchanges and cooperation between the two countries,” said Fan Heyun, general manager of Air China in Greece. [Xinhua]

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.