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Seeing Rebound, Ryanair Adds Hubs on Three Greek Islands

ATHENS — Hoping tourists will return to Greece this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, budget air carrier Ryanair said it would operate three new hubs with four airplanes on the Greek islands of Corfu, Rhodes and Crete (Hania) from July till October.

They will be at regional airports  operated by Fraport Greece and be a 400 million euro ($472.55 million) and officials told an online press conference the planes will fly out of Hania to 15 new destinations, said Kathimerini.

That will give the Irish-based airline 38 destinations from the western Crete base and 90 weekly flights and add 30 jobs, the report added.

From Corfu, Ryanair will operate two aircraft, adding 18 destinations to reach a total of 42 with links to the Ionian island. This will result in a total of 97 weekly services and 30 more jobs.

The Rhodes hub will have 13 new destinations for a total of 27, served through 56 weekly flights. An extra 30 jobs should be created there too.

Fraport Greece’s Director of Development Giorgos Vilos said the investment showed the country will still be a draw as the New Democracy government plans to reopen to tourists from most countries on May 15.

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