Posted on: 24 July 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Aegean Airlines has inaugurated two new services from Athens – to Riyadh and to Tehran – becoming the first Greek carrier to fly directly to the Iranian capital.
The twice-weekly flights from Athens to Riyadh take place each Monday and Thursday, departing from Athens at 23:30 with a scheduled arrival time in Riyadh of 02:55 (+1). The return service from Riyadh to Athens will take off every Tuesday and Friday at 03:45, landing in Athens at 07:25.
The flights from Athens to Tehran are three times weekly and operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Departure from Athens is scheduled for 20:15, arriving in Tehran at 01:10 (+1). Flights from Tehran return to Athens each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, departing at 02:00 and landing at 04:30 (all times local).
Both new routes will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft. With the addition of these two services, Aegean completes the cycle of new destinations due to be added in 2015, reaching 17 new destinations served. Aegean now has a network of 134 destinations in 45 countries.
Aegean’s CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, stated, “We continue with our policy of expanding routes to the Middle East in order to provide passengers from the region with easy access as well as enhance the interconnectedness of our hub in Athens. After adding Beirut and Amman in 2014, we have now added Riyadh and Tehran. Assuming the Greek economy will stabilise, our goal is to further expand our network in 2016 as well.”