Good news for travel to Greece and Paros: More Capacity.

Last year Paros and other islands lost business to the mainland of Greece due to declining ferry capacity. Mostly, I think, because of the modernization of the fleet to smaller high speed boats. In previous years, however, a major limiting factor was the high cost of flights into Athens. Each year now we see more airlines adding a Greece flight to their services. Usually direct flights mean lower fares; we personally noticed that with the daily flights on Lufthanza between Portland, Oregon and Frankfurt, Germany, a major European hub with several flights to Athens.

Recently US Airways (which includes America West Airlines) announced a direct flight from their hub at Philadelphia to Athens. This will be seasonal only, however, from May 25 to October 6, 2007. But it is bound to help make it cheaper and easier for more people to find their way to our Paros Paradise.

In the long run if US Airways combines with Delta it will make a big difference. This is from a November press release:
The combination of US Airways and Delta would create one of the world`s largest airlines and would operate under the Delta name. Customers would benefit from expanded choice as well as the reach and services of a large-scale provider within the cost structure of a low-fare carrier. As a combined company, the "New" Delta would be the number one airline across the Atlantic and the second largest airline to the Caribbean. The New Delta would reach more than 350 destinations across five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In the U.S., the combination would create a leading competitor in the Eastern U.S. and an enhanced position in the Western U.S. The combined company would be the number one airline at 155 airports. The New Delta would also be uniquely positioned to compete with low cost and legacy carriers.

Now is the time to Think Greece. Learn more at our full service Paros website.

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