Greek start-up, SkyGreece will launch services to Canada, with new routes between Athens, Thessaloniki, Zagreb and Budapest to Toronto, following approval from the Greek and Canadian authorities.
Year-round services between Athens and Toronto will launch on May 17, 2015, operating three times weekly using the airlines single Boeing 767-300ER, while a weekly service from Thessaloniki will begin on May 20, operating once weekly. The airline also plans to operate a weekly departure from Athens to Montreal Trudeau starting May 23, 2015.
"We have listened to the continuous demand of the Greek community in Canada and in Greece and decided to develop our flight schedule to meet the demand," a spokesperson for the airline said. Flights to and from Athens will reduce to twice weekly between November and April 2016.
The airline also plans to launch a seasonal service between the Croatian capital of Zagreb and Toronto, from June 22, 2015 to operate weekly. The flights will operate until October 15, 2015. “This new direct flight to Toronto will allow families to see each other more often and Croatians can now also discover the beauty and richness of Canada,” said Dennis Codere, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer at SkyGreece.
Finally, the airline has planned a twice-weekly service between Budapest and Toronto, commencing May 21, 2015. The announcement comes soon after AirTransat’s announcement on launching regular Budapest – Toronto flights.
Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport said: “We are elated to be celebrating our first new route announcement of 2015. SkyGreece Airlines’ direct route to Toronto highlights our commitment to constantly strengthen our connectivity and providing all our passengers with considerable choice. The announcement of another connection between Budapest and Canada is a great indication of the real demand for further exchange between the two countries."
SkyGreece, founded in 2012 by expatriates from Canada and the USA, describes itself as a ‘Greek translantic airline’. It operates a single Boeing 767-300ER, but is planning to add a second aircraft to its fleet.
The airline also has plans to operate Athens-New York and has applied to the US authorities for a license to operate there.