Ryanair and Easyjet have added and continue to add quite a few new summer routes to their schedule, expecting a bigger share of the market as Europeans want to travel, but their incomes, due to inflation, are being squeezed, making travel more expensive for their pocket.
Just yesterday, Easyjet announced over 200,000 extra flight seats for this summer from nine UK airports including the Greek islands, Portugal and Turkey. These connections are added to those announced last December and also included new direct flights to Greek islands.
The airline is expected to add Santorini and Chania to its summer schedule from Bristol and Edinburgh with prices starting from £32.99 for journeys from June, while the new direct connections from Belfast to Rhodes and from Liverpool to Corfu, is starting in June.
The company's summer program for popular Greek islands (Corfu, Rhodes, Mykonos) starts from March with prices from 22.99 pounds, while the prices for Athens and Thessaloniki for trips in February and March are the same.
Similarly, Ryanair - which had announced with a lot of noise last year its decision to close its base in Athens for the winter season due to high fees - has been proceeding in recent days with a barrage of new connections across Greece ahead of the summer season.
This is part of the Irish low-cost company's business strategy to offer an even greater range of options for the long-awaited summer holidays at affordable prices.