WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes Emirates Airline’s announcement that marked the one-year anniversary of its Newark service via Athens, Greece, calling the first year a success.
According to Emirates, the airline reported “healthy demand” from Greek American communities and leisure travelers with over 160,000 passengers carried on the only year-round service between New York and Athens. In addition, Emirates noted the service helped increase the number of passengers on the route by 50% during the summer months between April and August 2017, a statistic reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“We welcome Emirates Airline’s report and congratulate the airline for a banner first year, providing an invaluable service to the marketplace,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “The report confirms our position, which has been that a direct, year-round service between a United States hub and Athens is warranted. It is not a surprise that a direct flight between two of the world’s premier destinations, New York and Athens, would yield ‘healthy demand.’”