Greece will permit direct flights from Britain to resume on July 15, a Greek government spokesman has confirmed.
Stelios Petsas said: “In cooperation with the British government, and following advice of experts, the government announces the resumption of direct flights from the United Kingdom to all airports of the country from July 15.”
Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against non-essential international travel, but a ban on non-stop flights was recently extended, making holidays more difficult. Now airlines will be able to restart services, just in time for summer.
Across Western Europe, airlines increased capacity to 6.8m passengers last week, up 47 per cent, with Ryanair alone offering 763,938 seats, up from 218,484 over the previous seven days.
However, Britons hoping for a last-minute summer holiday have had their options significantly curtailed. Of the 74 destinations to which the FCO has given the green light, only 25 do not have restrictions on UK arrivals. Malta, for example, currently requires all British visitors to self-isolate for 14 days, while Cyprus, another Mediterranean favourite, is still refusing entry to all UK travellers.