Once you get to Greece –either via Athens or Thessaloniki airport, a very easy way to get to Greek islands is by using the domestic flights, either scheduled or charter. Most international flights allow for the necessary time for making the connection with internal flights but make sure to book the domestic flights in advance, mostly during summers.
There are 59 airports in Greece, of which 13 are military airports and only 16 are international airports. However, from these 16 only two –Athens and Thessaloniki- receive regular flights from abroad. During the summer, numerous charter flights depart both major international airports.
Domestic Scheduled Flights from Athens
Most of the international flights arrive on Athens International Airport. Olympic Airlines offers the majority of the domestic flights. Aegean Airlines also offers domestic scheduled flights from Athens.
Olympic Airlines connects Athens with the following Greek cities via the domestic scheduled flights to: Alexandroupolis, Astypalaia Island, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ikaria Island, Ioannina, Kalymnos Island, Karpathos, Kastoria, Kavala, Kefallinia, Kerkyra, Kithira, Kos, Leros, Limnos, Mykonos, Milos, Mytilene, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Samos, Sitia, Syros Island, Thessaloniki, Thira and Zakinthos, while Aegean Airlines connects Athens with 13 cities of the cities listed above.
The distances between Athens and other cities are rather small so the furthest destination would be about half an hour flight from the capital.
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Domestic Scheduled Flights from Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki International Ariport is the second most used airport in Greece. Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines connect Thessaloniki with other Greek islands.
Olympic Airlines connects Thessaloniki with the following Greek cities via the domestic scheduled flights to: Athens, Chania, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kerkyra, Limnos, Mytilene and Rhodes, while Aegean Airlines connects the city with only three of the cities listed above.
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Low Cost Charter Flights within Greece
Low Cost Greek Airlines offer charter flights during the summer months. Most offer just a couple of destinations, depending on where they are based.
Sarantis Travel is one of the major charter careers in Greece, offering flights from Athens, Corfu, Mykonos, Syros, Sitia, Skiatos and many other Greek destinations.
Sky Express is based on Crete and connects the island with other Aegean Islands, such as Rhodes, Mykonos or Santorini.
AirSea Lines is based on Corfu and connects the island with Paxos, Patras and Ioannina.