The annual flight of the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Athens on the occasion of Greek Orthodox Easter is scheduled for later today, Holy Saturday.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis, is in Jerusalem as of Good Friday, April 22, to attend the Holy Light Ceremony, which will take place on Holy Saturday, April 23, at the Church of the Resurrection.
The Minister will receive the Holy Light from His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mr. Theophilos III, with whom he will also have a meeting.
The Holy Fire is then scheduled to arrive on a special Aegean Airlines flight on the afternoon of Holy Saturday, in time for the Easter midnight mass. Accompanying the Holy Fire on the Aegean A320neo aircraft will be a small diplomatic mission including the minister, with the plane expected to land at Athens international airport at 18:00.
It will then be transported in other Aegean and Olympic Air planes to another seven destinations within Greece, on both scheduled and specially chartered flights for this purpose, as follows:
Athens-Thessaloniki A3 126 19:35-20:30
Athens-Alexandroupolis A3 146 20:10 - 21:05
Athens-Chania A3 336 18:50 - 19:40
Athens-Larisa OA 3002 18:30 - 19:10
Larisa-Ioannina OA 3003 19:25 - 20:00
Ioannina - Corfu OA 3004 20:15 - 20:40
Corfu-Kefallonia OA 3005 20:55 - 21:20