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Aegean, Air France to gradually reintroduce flights suspended due to Covid-19

Featured Aegean, Air France to gradually reintroduce flights suspended due to Covid-19

Aegean Airlines will start to gradually increase domestic flights as of Monday, May 18, it said on Thursday, while it will restart basic itineraries abroad interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 18, the airline will add more flights to Iraklio and Chania on Crete, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis in northern Greece, while the same will happen as of May 25 for the islands of Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilini, Chios, Samos and the rest of the domestic itineraries.

Starting late in May, the airline will start connecting with main hubs in Europe - Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva - with a limited number of flights, and increase the number of flights to Brussels, the only foreign destination it did not cancel during the lockdown.

It said that both flight crew and passengers will be obliged to wear masks during travel and all aircraft will be carefully cleaned and disinfected after flights.

When restrictions in travel were introduced by the government due to the pandemic on March 26, Aegean kept all its domestic itineraries but reduced their frequency, making its services available solely for transport of specialists or medical materials. It also kept some flights to Brussels to retain connections to the EU's administrative capital.

Air France will also gradually relaunch its flights to Greece on May 23, the air carrier announced on Thursday. 

The month of May will only see two flights to Greece from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport: one each on May 23 and May 30. 

Observing the gradual lifting of coronavirus travelling restrictions, the flights will then increase on a weekly basis: three flights per week as of June 1, four as of June 8, seven as of June 15 and eleven as of June 22.

Additionally, the direct flight between Charles de Gaulle and Heraklion, Crete will also resume on June 27, the company added. 

Air France said it will observe diligent health safety protocols, including asking passengers to wear masks and keeping social distancing whenever possible in seating arrangements. It also said it will take infra-red temperature readings of passengers before embarcation on any flight.