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- 21 October 2021_AIR CAIRO appoints BBT Air Aviation Services as its General Sales Agency in Greece

BBT Air Aviation Services, representative of international airlines and a pioneer in the Greek aviation industry, is pleased to announce the beginning of a new G.S.A. cooperation with the Egyptian airline AIR CAIRO. BBT Air will be responsible for the airline’s sales and development in the Greek market.
 
AIR CAIRO was established in 2003 and currently is operating in more than 30 direct destinations as well as on-going destinations operated by its code share partners.
 
AIR CAIRO's flight schedule covers international and domestic destinations and operates on both scheduled and chartered flights.
 
The Egyptian carrier consisting of 9 aircrafts (Airbus A320-200 aircraft and Airbus A320-neo aircraft) and already contracted to add one  more aircraft by the end of the year 2021 and has been a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2012. 
 
The new flight program of the company, will be announced shortly. For more information and reservation support, passengers and travel agents can contact BBT Air – Aviation Services at +30 210 9793500 or by email at
info@bbtair.gr

 


- 01 April 2021_Blue Air appoints BBT Air Aviation Services as its General Sales Agency in Greece

 

                                                      

We are glad to announce that the Romanian airline Blue Air announces appointed our company, BBT Air - Aviation Services, as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Greece. BBT Air will be responsible for the airline’s sales, development and the overall representation in the Greek market, providing high-end quality services to individual passengers and travel agencies.  

This summer, Blue Air will operate flights to Athens and other sunny destinations on Greek islands. Starting from April, the airline will connect Athens to Bucharest and Bacau as well as Heraklion, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos to Bucharest.

Blue Air choses top Greek destinations and offers to its passengers better and more travel options between Greece and Romania.

The flights are already published and available for sales via airline’s website www.flyblueair.com, via travel agencies with access to its direct B2B selling platform and also via BBT Air Aviation Services headquarter office, at +30 210 9793500.

Specifically, the summer flight schedule* can be summarized as follows:

Athens

  • Bucharest

from 23/04 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and

from 01/05 daily

  • Bacau

from 05/05 every Wednesday and Friday

Heraklion

  • Bucharest

from 27/04 every Tuesday and Saturday

Mykonos

  • Bucharest

from 28/04 every Wednesday and

from 29/05 every Wednesday and Saturday

Rhodes

  • Bucharest

from 28/04 every Wednesday and Sunday

Zakynthos

  • Bucharest

from 29/04 every Thursday and Sunday

          

Blue Air’s fleet keeps expanding with state-of-art aircrafts and it has been retrofitted with a more comfortable, better designed seat – Recaro, giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy greater relaxation and comfort on their journey. All investments in its fleet are aimed at reducing fuel consumption, with the result of lowering emissions.

At all flights, there are three fare types available, offering more service options, comfort and flexibility for all passenger needs, both at the airport and during the flight.

For more information, you can visit the website www.flyblueair.com and www.bbtair.gr or call our call center at +30 210 9793500

 

* The published summer flight schedule may be modified according to the CoViD-19 pandemic, the epidemiological data and any restrictions imposed by European Community and national directives.


- 25 February 2021_ SkyUp Airlines Updated fares provide more opportunities and benefits

SkyUp Airlines always aims to make the flight more comfortable for passengers. That is why, from February 22, 2021, we have updated the fares to provide an opportunity for everyone to choose what they need.


Travel with a minimum amount of hand luggage, or add more baggage for gifts; plan the exact date of departure, or keep the opportunity to change it; choose seats in front or in the middle of the aircraft. SkyUp passengers decide what they want. Updated fares will be applicable for all tickets issued from 22 February 2021.


Fares:
•    Basic is a starting fare that will suit for those who prefer efficient travel without additional services.
•    Standard is a classic and convenient option for anyone who needs a balance of price and additional features.
•    Flex is the uncompromising choice of true travel fans looking to get the most out of the journey.


You can find out more about the fares in a special section on our website. Choose what you need and discover the world with SkyUp.

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* The price is valid at the time of publication.

** Changing the departure date is free, subject to the availability of an identical ticket price. If the fare with higher price is available on desired date the fare difference must be payed. If a ticket of a lower cost is available, the difference is not refundable.


- 19 January 2021_IATA urges support for common European Digital Vaccination Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing.

In an open letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and copied to key policy-makers across the EU, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called on EU States to coordinate a policy that would see Europe safely gain the economic and social benefits of renewed freedom of movement, beginning with those who are vaccinated.

”Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ initiative should be urgently adopted by the Commission and all member states. Vaccination is a fundamental key to safely reopening borders and stimulating economic recovery. A pan-European mutually recognized vaccination certificate would be an important step towards giving governments the confidence to safely open their borders, and passengers the confidence to fly without the barrier of quarantine,” said de Juniac.

The Greek proposal is for a harmonized vaccination certificate that could contribute “to the re-establishment of mobility on a global scale, which is the foundation for re-establishing economic activity to pre-crisis levels.” The requirement for a harmonized safe aviation restart is more urgent than ever in the face of renewed lockdowns and travel restrictions across the world.

As the virus comes eventually under control, testing capacities improve and the vaccinated population grows, de Juniac stressed the need for governments to prepare for re-establishing the freedom of movement with well-coordinated planning. That planning should use the most effective combination of vaccination and testing capabilities.

“We are in very dark days of this pandemic. But the tough measures taken combined with accelerating vaccination programs must give us hope that we can safely re-establish the freedom of movement. That will save jobs, ease mental anguish, re-connect families and revive the economy. To do this safely and efficiently, planning is key. Prime Minister Mitsotakis’s proposal for vaccine certificates will be a key enabler. Progress on eliminating or reducing quarantines can be made with testing protocols. But what we need now is for governments to start working together much more effectively. Unilateral government actions were able to quickly dismantle global connectivity. Re-building will need coordination,” said de Juniac.

The EU Heads of State meet on Thursday 21 January and Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ proposal will be on the agenda. It is hoped they will direct the Commission to take action and develop a common certification.

source: iata.org


- 15 January 2021_CoViD-19 Vaccination and entry in Greece

Covid-19 vaccination certificate will not be Required for Greece Entry”, Greek Tourism Minister says.

Greek Tourism Minister gave further clarifications on the proposal for an EU-wide vaccination travel certificate, made by the Prime Minister to the European Commission, earlier this week.

He added that the need of, at least, an EU-wide agreement on the travel and entry protocols is essential for a serious restart of transportation.

”Under no circumstances will a vaccination certificate become a condition for someone to travel in our country”

The Tourism Minister stressed that vaccination certificates for an immediate entry to the country and the negative tests/rapid tests for all other tourists will be our key tools for a safe summer.

 


- 08 January 2021_New NOTAM valid till 21JAN21

Click on the picture below to see the latest flight restrictions, in the NOTAMs issued today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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- 28 December 2020_Athens will soon be ready to welcome you!

  Drone footage of the quite empty Athens, during the X-mas period and with an active lockdown.

  The Christmas spirit is still here!

  Be optimistic, we will meet soon!

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With the respect of the copyrights and recognizing the obligation to refer the source, BBT Air – Aviation Services is re-publishing this video from Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (EATA) YouTube official channel which is the original creator and owner


  - 24 November 2020_Travel Trends in the post CoViD-19 era

  More people in 20-29 age group have been travelling post lockdown, says AirAsia survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 More passengers who are in the 20-29 age group have been travelling after the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in Area 3 (Asia-Pacific), according to a survey   released by AirAsia India.
 AirAsia conducted a survey of around 2,400 passengers recently and it found that the share of flyers who are in the 20-29 age group has increased from 25 per cent   before lockdown to 42 per cent after lockdown, the airline said.

 The share of flyers who are in the 30-39 age group reduced from 49 per cent to 41 per cent post lockdown, as per the survey.
 Passengers who are over 40 years old were just 10 per cent of the total travelling public post lockdown, it stated. Before the lockdown, this age group consisted of   19 per cent of the total air passengers.

 The airline's survey also identified that "while business travel demand remains significantly impacted, VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) including travelling to/from   hometowns contributed to over 2/3rds of travel in the months post the lockdown".


  - 16 November 2020_Greece Latest News_Newsletter_NOV20 issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*click image to view online version

 

Topic #1 - Countrywide Lockdown for Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greece entered a second nationwide lockdown, from 07th of November till the end of the month, to halt the second wave of CoViD-19.

People movement will be possible from 05:00am to 09:00pm, only with an approved sms.

From 09:00pm till 05:00am of the next day, a general ban applies.

 

Topic #2 - New Flight Restrictions, until 30NOV20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the frame of the new countrywide lockdown and measures against CoViD-19, new NOTAMs were issued. 

Above you can find an easy reference table for all flight restrictions in action, until 30NOV20.

 

Topic #3 - Market in Focus: Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According Athens International Airport's survey*, Poland is a very dynamic market for Greece with almost 400K pax, visiting the country. 

Check out the interesting details in some easy to read charts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*based on 2019 / source: Athens International Airport

 

Topic #4 - Greece sees a 73,4% decrease in international flight arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According INSETE, some 5M international flight arrivals were recorded, for the period JAN-SEP 2020, compared to 18,8M, for the same period in 2019.

This is a total decrease of -73,4% or else -13,8M flight arrivals, less.

All these, although for the period JAN-FEB 2020 there was a significant increase of +5,5% or else +40K compared to the previous year, showing a trend to increase.
From MAR 2020 and for the rest of the months there was a continuous decrease, compared to 2019, due to the CoViD-19 measures impact.

In details, MAR 2020 viewed a decrease by -43,7% or -217K on international arrivals.

For APR and MAY 2020, the situation was even worst, with a countrywide lockdown and flight ban in force.

During summer months, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP 2020, which are traditionally the peak months, airlines, aviation professionals, airport authorities and tourism stakeholders faced a way below expectations traffic decrease, with -97% for JUN, -71,1% for JUL, -56,7% for AUG and -64,4% for SEP.

A similar situation has to be faced for almost all airlines and airports in EU, according to UNWTO findings.

For the first eight months, there was a serious decrease of more than -70% or else more than -700M flights, through out EU.


- 10 November 2020: New Flight Restrictions, until 30NOV20

In the frame of the new countrywide lockdown and measures against CoViD-19, new NOTAMs were issued. 

Below you can find an easy reference table for all flight restrictions in action, until 30NOV20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- 03 November 2020: Breaking News_New Nationwide Lockdown for Greece

Greece will enter a second nationwide lockdown, from 07th of November till the end of the month, to halt the second wave of CoViD-19.

People movement will be possible from 05:00am to 09:00pm, only with an approved sms.

From 09:00pm till 05:00am of the next day, a general ban applies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek airports will remain open for domestic and international flights but restrictions will apply.

For inbound international flights, a negative Covid-19 test result, at least 48 hours before arrival, and the submission of Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is mandatory.

For outbound passengers, on international will also be obliged to fill out the PLF form.

As for domestic flights, they are allowed only for the following resons: 

  • returning to permanent residence
  • family reunification
  • business related reasons
  • health related reasons

More details will be announced in the next days.


- 03 November 2020_New CoViD-19 Risk Map for Greece, in November

The new measures will be active effective 03NOV20 and for the next 30 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level A – Yellow color – Monitoring

Level B – Red Color - High Risk

Level C – Grey Color – Local Lockdown

All Levels Measures:

  • Mandatory wearing of a mask everywhere indoors and outdoors
  • Curfew from 12 midnight until 5am (with the exception of work and health reasons)
  • Mandatory wearing of a mask while on board on any mean of public transport
  • Mandatory teleworking for 50 percent of employees
  • Tele-education for all Universities

Additionally, for Level B:

  • Bars and restaurants open only for delivery service and take away
  • All type of events and public gatherings are suspended
  • Gyms will be closed

Additionally, for Level C:

  • Local residents’ outdoor activity only with a SMS message, stating the reason of movement
  • Curfew from 9pm until 5am (with the exception of work and health reasons)
  • Bars, restaurants, churches, gyms and all retail stores will be closed
  • All flights and rail routes are cancelled for at least 14 days

All above measures are under constant evaluation and subject to be adjusted in order to prevent the CoViD-19 further spread


- 22 October 2020_"Greece 2021" releases video on 1821 anniversary

  May the dances never stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the respect of the copyrights and recognizing the obligation to refer the source, BBT Air – Aviation Services is re-publishing this video from Greece 1821 YouTube official channel which is the original creator and owner

Official website: https://www.greece2021.gr


- 20 October 2020_Greece introduced an interactive map with CoViD-19 risk by region

Recently, Greece introduced an interactive risk-assessment map, in order to track the spread of Covid-19 by region, in real time!

Click on the interactive map, to get up to date results!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1 – Green – Low risk (On alert)

Level 2 – Yellow – Moderate risk (Monitoring)

Level 3 – Orange – High risk (Increased monitoring)

Level 4 – Red – Very high risk (Strict measures)

 

* The risk levels are based upon the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people

 


- 15 October 2020_NOTAM update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) announced that Greece is extending all announced travel restrictions until October 25.

More specifically, according to its updated aviation directives (NOTAMs):

– The suspension of flights between Greece – Turkey and Greece – Catalonia, Spain, have been extended until October 25 at midnight.

– The aviation directive that sees all flights to and from Greece from Albania and North Macedonia operating only through Athens International Airport (AIA) has been extended until October 25. There will be no routes to any other Greek airports.

– The aviation directive that states that all travelers visiting Greece by air from 11 countries – Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia – will be allowed admission into Greece only by presenting a negative Covid-19 test result, has been extended until October 25. The test must be taken at least 72 hours before arrival. Travelers from the aforementioned countries will be subject to sample testing upon arrival.

– The aviation directive that bans entry to Greece for non-EU Citizens has been extended until October 25. Citizens from the following 11 countries are excluded from the ban: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from the aforementioned countries will be subject to sample testing upon arrival.

– The aviation directive concerning travelers from Israel has been extended until October 25. According to the directive, all travelers entering Greece from Israel are obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus, taken at least 72 hours before arrival. All permanent residents of Israel entering Greece will be subject to testing again. Only 5,000 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights from Israel arriving to all airports in the country.

– The aviation directive concerning permanent residents of Russia is valid until October 25. According to the directive, all Russian permanent residents entering Greece are obliged to present a negative molecular test result (PCR) for coronavirus and will be subject to testing again upon arrival. Only 500 people per week are allowed to enter Greece on flights from Russia arriving to the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion.

Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is mandatory

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority also informed that the mandatory submission of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) by all passengers of international flights to Greece, has been extended until October 25.

 


- 13 October 2020_#FlySafe video by IATA

Watch it now, by clicking the following image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


- 08 October 2020_Greece Latest News_Newsletter_OCT20 issue

Topic #1 - Greece Announces New Restrictions

 

 

 

 

A2837/20 (Issued for LGGG PART 1 OF 2) - COVID-19: PASSENGER RESTRICTIONS.

BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC, ALL INDIVIDUALS

ENTERING THE COUNTRY FROM POLAND, ARE OBLIGED TO DISPLAY A NEGATIVE

MOLECULAR TEST (PCR) FOR COVID-19, PERFORMED BY TAKING AN

OROPHARYNGEAL OR NASOPHARYNGEAL SMEAR, CONDUCTED UP TO 72 HOURS

BEFORE ARRIVAL IN GREECE.

TRANSIT/TRANSFER PASSENGERS AT THE AIRPORTS OF POLAND, ORIGINATING

FROM A COUNTRY NOT REQUIRING TO DISPLAY A NEGATIVE MOLECULAR TEST

(PCR) AND HAVING COMPLETED A PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM (PLF) , ARE

EXEMPTED FROM THE ABOVE REQUIREMENT, ON CONDITION THAT THEY REMAIN

AT THE AIRPORT TRANSIT AREA.

THE TESTS MUST ORIGINATE FROM REFERENCE LABORATORIES OF THE COUNTRY

OF ORIGIN OR TRANSIT, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE LABORATORIES OF THAT

COUNTRY, PROVIDED THAT THESE PRIVATE LABORATORIES HAVE BEEN

CERTIFIED BY THE COMPETENT NATIONAL CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF THE

COUNTRY.

PASSENGERS MUST HAVE A CERTIFICATE OF THE ABOVE DIAGNOSIS, IN

ENGLISH, WHICH INCLUDES THE NAME AND THE PASSPORT OR IDENTITY NUMBER

OF THE PERSON AND WHICH THEY DISPLAY AT THE OFFICERS OF THE GENERAL

SECRETARIAT FOR CIVIL PROTECTION AND OF THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH

ORGANIZATION WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF PERFORMING MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.

END PART 1 OF 2. 02 OCT 21:01 2020 UNTIL 12 OCT 20:59 2020. CREATED: 01 OCT 09:07 2020

A2837/20 (Issued for LGGG PART 2 OF 2) -

AIRLINES ARE REQUIRED TO VERIFY THIS CERTIFICATE BEFORE BOARDING AND

IN THE ABSENCE OF THIS CERTIFICATE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PROHIBIT

PASSENGER BOARDING.

IN CASE OF VIOLATION OF THIS OBLIGATION, PASSENGERS WILL BE

REPATRIATED AT THE AIRLINER'S RESPONSIBILITY AND EXPENSES.

A COMPLETED PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM (PLF) IS ALSO COMPULSORY. BE

ADVISED OF RELEVANT COVID-19 NOTAM.

END PART 2 OF 2. 02 OCT 21:01 2020 UNTIL 12 OCT 20:59 2020. CREATED: 01 OCT 09:07 2020

 

Topic #2 - Germany, UK, France Top Tourism Markets Greece in Summer 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors from Germany, the UKFrancePoland and Italy made up the bulk of incoming travelers this summer season after Greece reopened to tourists in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.

More specifically, based on the number of completed Passenger Locator Forms (PLF) submitted at country admission points, 4.1 million t