British Airways announces new route to Kefalonia, other sun destinations for summer

British Airways has announced a new route to Kefalonia from Heathrow as well as more seats on its sunshine services, offering customers more choice of holiday destinations for summer 2018.

Starting May 15 until October 6, 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Kefalonia, known for its beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages and the idyllic setting featured in films such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The Myrtos Beach located in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia Island, is one of the world’s most photographed stretches of sand.

This will be the first time the airline will operate to the Greek island. Operated using A380 aircraft, the Kefalonia flights will depart on Tuesday and Saturdays, with return fares starting from £118 in Euro Traveller and £398 in Club Europe.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, said: ‘We’re always developing our leisure offering from Heathrow so are incredibly pleased to be adding Kefalonia to our network. The launch of our new summer routes, which also include Figari in Corsica and Almeria, mean we will be flying 39 more routes in 2018 than we did in 2016 – an increase of 17 per cent. We’re also further improving our schedules and increasing the number of flights to European destinations such as Ibiza, Santorini and Split.’

In addition, British Airways said last month that it would start flying between Heathrow and Corsica, with direct flights to Figari airport operating every Sunday from May 27 until October 7, and return fares starting from £98. Additionally, a new route to the historic Spanish city of Almeria will start services from March 27, 2018, with fares starting from £66 return.

Further, for summer 2018, services to Ibiza will be increased to daily service from four per week presently, Mykonos will be served six times a week from four, while an additional weekly flight will be added to the airline’s schedules to Olbia and Split, the British airline said.

Easyjet Offers New London Gatwick Airport to Kefalonia Service

Easyjet, the UK-based budget airline, is offering a new service from London Gatwick Airport, in the UK, to Kefalonia, an island in Greece.

The airline is offering a service to Kefalonia three times weekly, bringing its total number of flights to Greek destinations to eleven. The company is currently flying to Athens, Corfu, Crete Chania and Heraklion, Kefalonia, Kos, Thessaloniki, Satorini, Rhodes, Mykonos and Zante.

The new fares, from London Gatwick to Kefalonia, commence at £48.99 one way, with the inaugural flight having taken place on April 28, 2012. With its new service – the airline’s first to western Greece – Easyjet expects to transport around 15,000 visitors to the island each year.

Catherine Lynn, the airline UK director, said, ‘We’re thrilled to have launched our new service from London Gatwick to Kefalonia. With a strong start on bookings to date, we’re confident that it will be an extremely popular route with our customers from the UK and Greece alike. We carry 1 million passengers between Greece and the UK every year, so this additional route will provide them with even further choice.’

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, and is the natural habitat of the endangered loggerhead turtle population, which nests at the island’s Kaminia beach. The island, with its attractive beach and underground lake, draws tourists throughout the summer, many of who also visit the Mount Aenos National Park. The island was also featured in the Hollywood movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which starred Nicholas Cage.

Easyjet releases surprise option to Greek isle Kefalonia

Begining Spring next year low cost air carrier Easyjet has announced a completely new route taking travelers to the sunny island of Kefalonia in Greece. It can be anticipated that this flight with operate at least 3 days weekly – news that has been welcomed by travel firm Kefalonia.co.uk.

The region is still classed as one of Greece’s most untouched locations and is significantly less “touristy” than a lot of the more developed group of islands including Zante and Crete. The region only became famed as a holiday spot following the 1994 launch of the Hollywood runaway success Captain Corelli’s Mandolin as vacationers flocked to discover the stunning vistas captured by the motion picture.

In 2011 numerous resorts in Europe have been experiencing a 4% fall in people visiting from the British isles this year. Kefalonia like many saw a slight drop in tourist numbers but was not as effected by the downturn. Still – for major resorts and hotels on the island, news that there will more than likely end up being far more visitors in 2012 is to be welcomed with opened arms.

MD from travel company Kefalonia.co.uk said “this brand new route is going to be a terrific boost to the vacationer market on the island and should encourage enhanced cost competition on the plane ticket prices which generally is fantastic for visitors. This year we saw visitor numbers hold with Skala hotels in the south of the island and Holidays to Lassi near the capital being our bestselling Kefalonia breaks”.

He continued – “With so much focus around Greece’s financial problems many in the tourist industry have worried that visitors may be put off traveling to the islands. The news that a big airline like easyjet is backing the island to stay busy next year is fantastic.”

For Kefalonia the news could not be better timed.