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Tourism Minister personally welcomes first direct island flight from Europe

Tourism Minister personally welcomes first direct island flight from Europe

Greece’s Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Monday welcomed German tour operator TUI’s first direct flight to the island of Kos, along with Deputy Minister Manos Konsolas and sector officials from the island.

The flight marked the beginning of the tourist season for the Greek islands after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, with the company’s flight schedule for the first week in July to include 56 Greek destinations. Especially popular among TUI’s German customers are Crete, Rhodes, Kos and the Peloponnese.

The first flights will depart from Hanover, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne/Bonn and Basel in Switzerland.

A list of 15 non-EU countries considered ‘safe’ departure points for travel to the EU, including to Greece, is expected to be released on Tuesday, government sources said on Monday.

According to reports, the EU-generated list is likely to include China. Russia, the United States and the majority of South American countries are not expected to be on it, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in those countries.

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