Olympic Air, the one year-old, privatized revision of Greece’s national carrier, Olympic Airways/Airlines, has been in the news quite a lot lately. Pilots and handlers have been threatening to strike as a dense cloud of uncertainty forms around their future employment; an EU ruling on whether or not this progressive young airline will merge with its major, Star Alliance competitor, Aegean Airlines, is expected in February of 2011. Most flights were canceled on December 15 due to those strikes, but strikes expected for today and tomorrow have been averted. Smaller continental airports may strike but Athens Venizelos and Thessaloniki should operate as usual.
On a more positive note, the airline has created “Weekendair” specials for spontaneous travel. Nine destinations- three international and six domestic- will be posted each Friday on the Olympic Air website. Those interested will have the weekend to make their decision and ten days after to make the journey. Last week’s special included flights to Bucharest, Istanbul* and Cairo; Santorini and Thessaloniki were two of the local destinations among other Greek islands and cities.
Olympic Air received the European Regions Airline Association’s silver prize for Airline of the Year for 2010/11. See the News and Events section of their website for continuous updates on the regularity or cancellation of flights due to weather or strikes.
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*See the blog “Two Countries in Three Days” for other ways of accessing Turkey along with your visit to Athens.