Greek Tourism is celebrating, United Airlines staff are demonstrating, New York Tourism officials are pleased, United Airlines Star Alliance Partner Aegean may think it’s Christmas, and the winner is Emirates demonstrating a new or additional business model.
UAE and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines today commenced daily passenger service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubai International Airport, via Athens International Airport. A VIP delegation and contingent of international media were aboard the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from Athens, Dubai and points beyond.
At the same time competing airlines including United Airlines demonstrated against this new route. The tourism industry in Greece is happy.
Newark becomes Emirates’ 12th U.S. gateway, and is the second serving the greater Tri-State Area, complementing Emirates’ existing four daily flights from Dubai and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers embarking from Newark and Dubai will have the option to disembark in Athens or continue to their final destinations.
“This new route will connect America’s largest metropolitan area and Dubai through one of Europe’s great capitals,” said Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, Emirates. “The launch of this year-round daily service will allow us to offer Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers on a route long neglected by other airlines. We expect this service to generate consistently high demand and enhance business, culture and leisure connections on both sides of the Atlantic.”
“It is always a great pleasure to announce new air services, route expansions and partnerships at our airport,” said Diane Papaianni, the General Manager at Newark Liberty International Airport. “Our airport has a vast network of destinations, and we are delighted to have Emirates join our airline family and offer more travel options to our customers.”
“Emirates’ direct, year-round operations on the Athens-New York route is a spectacular development for the Athens’ market, enhancing its connectivity and presenting the traveling public with new travel options on Emirates’ excellent product. At the same time, Athens’ strong traffic volumes to/from the US, underpinned by the vibrant Greek-American community, signify the potential and the success of the route. We wish to our airline-partner all the best to this ground-breaking endeavor”, said Dr. Yiannis Paraschis, CEO, Athens International Airport.
“The United States is a priority market for Greece,” said Consul General of Greece in New York, Konstantinos Koutras. “Greece has experienced a double-digit increase in arrivals from the United States in the past two years. The establishment of the new direct flight Dubai-Athens-New York will significantly empower Greece’s appeal among the U.S. travel audience.”
Emirates will serve the route with a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER powered by General Electric GE90 engines, offering eight seats in First class, 42 seats in Business class and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 19 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity.
Emirates daily flight EK209 will depart Dubai at 10:50 a.m. local time, arriving in Athens at 2:25 p.m. before departing again at 4:40 p.m. and arriving into Newark at 10:00 p.m. on the same day. Emirates daily flight EK210 will depart Newark at 11:45 p.m., arriving in Athens the next day at 3:05 p.m. EK210 will depart from Athens at 5:10 p.m. and continue onward to Dubai, arriving at 11:50 p.m., facilitating convenient connections to more than 50 Emirates destinations in India, the Far East and Australia.
The new route will be a great benefit to the United States’ substantial Greek community of approximately 1.3 million people, many of whom live in the New York metropolitan and Tri-State area.
Flying Emirates to Greece
Passengers disembarking in Athens will be treated to world-famous historical sites including the Parthenon, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. In addition to enjoying Athens’ history, culture and cuisine, travelers can make short journeys to visit the turquoise waters of the Greek Islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Crete, which have long been popular for romance tourism and honeymoons.
Passengers wishing to travel beyond Athens can connect to or from destinations within Greece, such as Corfu, Mykonos or Santorini, with A3 (Aegean) and OA (OlympicAir). Internationally, passengers can also connect to or from Cairo, Tirana, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia.
Newark provides U.S.-bound travelers seamless access to America’s most-visited city, New York. Upon arrival at Newark airport, travelers are a short ride from Manhattan’s Broadway shows, top-rated restaurants, internationally renowned museums and world-class shopping. Newark provides access to a variety of other towns and cities throughout New York, Connecticut and the broader New Jersey state that include everything from beaches and boardwalks to hiking, boating and boutique shopping.
Travelers beyond New Jersey and the Tri-State Area can take advantage of Emirates’ partnerships with JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, allowing for connections to and from more than 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico. Emirates also now accepts the TSA PreCheck programme on flights departing from the USA, making passengers’ travel experience more convenient.