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  • #6353
    limnes
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        Tracy,

        Try http://www.airline-network.co.uk – they seem to start at 202 UK pounds return Glasgow to Athens – presumably plus all the surcharges they add on these days. Cheapest there seems to be KLM.

        Regards,

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        #6388
        x5kmt
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            Hi Tracey,

            I have just done a quick check on the BA website, using hypothetical dates. Outbound 10th Feb returning 18th Feb. The flights will be from Glasgow leaving at 07.35 arr LHR 09.05 O/B LHR 12.25 arr Athens 18.05. Returning Athens OB 14.55 arr LHR 16.55. LHR O/B 18.50 arr Glasgow 20.10. The total fare with taxes for two pax is coming up at £491.60.

            You will also need connecting flights with Aegean Airways, around 20.30hrs O/B from Athens to Heraklion, and on return about 11.00hrs from Heraklion. Look at their website. You should find that since you are booking well in advance the fares are about 19euros each way per pax plus tax, off the top of my head around 154 for the two in total.

            All the above give reasonable connection times. Your family may spend a bit of time waiting about in the Airports but that is better than having a panic to catch connections.
            Pat and I will be flying out from Newcastle in December for Christmas using similar routings and the above prices are almost the same as ours. I did the whole lot online.The BA flights are not, however, refundable if they are cancelled. Make sure you read the small print and check all details carefully, (including the Aegean leg before making final bookings). I did both Airline bookings at the same time to ensure we had the flights and prices we wanted.

            By the way, we came across with KLM in March this year….disaster…. the Newcastle/Amsterdam flight went tech at 06.00hrs, we were routed to Gatwick with BA then on with Olympic which was over an hour late departing to Athens. Our bags took almost an hour to be offloaded in Athens and we ended up sprinting through the Airport to catch the Aegean flight making it with minutes to spare! But hey, lets face it, flying can never be an exact science, especially in the middle of a UK winter regardless of who you fly with!

            Hope this helps! Good luck :)

            Kathleen

            #6421
            Ierapetra Lass
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                Thanks very much for that and for doing that search for me :)

                #6451
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                    Another thing just to be aware of (and you probably know this already) is that because its so windy from January – April, flights often get cancelled between Athens and Heraklion. This happened to us twice last winter, once in March when it was cancelled completely and we had to stay overnight in Athens, and once in April when it eventually took off about eight hours late.

                    So if you book both your flight to Athens and the onwards connection with the same airline (say Olympic from Heathrow – Athens – Heraklion) its likely to be easier in the event of bad weather and having to take another flight because they’ll simply transfer you onto another plane if they can. If you book Easyjet then the onward flight with Aegean, for instance, you might well find you have to go onto standby in the event of bad weather or even fork out for another ticket and claim on your insurance, which all gets very complicated.

                    Of course it may all run totally smoothly but just beware of the potential pitfalls.

                    #6476
                    Eleni13
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                        Janette White wrote:
                        So if you book both your flight to Athens and the onwards connection with the same airline (say Olympic from Heathrow – Athens – Heraklion) its likely to be easier in the event of bad weather and having to take another flight because they’ll simply transfer you onto another plane if they can. If you book Easyjet then the onward flight with Aegean, for instance, you might well find you have to go onto standby in the event of bad weather or even fork out for another ticket and claim on your insurance, which all gets very complicated.

                        Of course it may all run totally smoothly but just beware of the potential pitfalls.

                        I am still concerned about Olympic’s viability. They were supposed to be wound up this Autumn-but then, this is Greece
                        When Aegean cancelled our flight from Athens to Chania, "due to the weather conditions", they refunded the cost of a night in the Sofitel. It was worth the cancellation. Normally, you are right, a cancellation due to weather would not provide a refund, but as other airlines were flying in to Chania that night, I suspect that the real reason must have been technical.

                        #6497
                        rachel
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                            I got stuck due to weather conditions in April, Olympic paid for us to stay in the Sofitel at the airport then put us on the next available flights. If you travel the whole way with one airline you are their responsibility so they have to look after you! I’d advise pay the little bit more to fly with one airline & avoid the risk of a nights stay at Athens airport as the seats do not look very comfortable!

                            #6517
                            Eleni13
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                                That’s good to hear Rachel.
                                I think though, under the new rules, whether you fly all the way with one airline, or two as we did, the airline that cancels the flight has the same obligation.

                                We were given seats on the next available flight on the following day.

                                I loved the Sofitel beds!

                                :) :)

                                #6534
                                Richmo
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                                    If you book far enough ahead with Easyjet ex Luton or Gatwick you can get flights one way for as little as £15 per person then its a case of getting a flight with Aegean across to Crete but you can ebook with them as well for about 80 euro’s. Richmo

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                                    Ken1
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                                        Richmo wrote: If you book far enough ahead with Easyjet ex Luton or Gatwick you can get flights one way for as little as £15 per person then its a case of getting a flight with Aegean across to Crete but you can ebook with them as well for about 80 euro’s. Richmo

                                        Thats an excellent tip Richmo,thanks,Ken.

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                                            I am flying out from Chania-Athens-Heathrow on the 5th December using Olympic, returning on the red eye flight one week later, (Thats the one that lands in Athens at 4.00am ish,) the cost, return, is €365.
                                            I booked this flight 5 weeks ago and I havn`t the nerve to check the price now.

                                            Just hope the weather holds for the connecting flight from Crete.

                                            #6569
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                                                Just checked today and the cost has risen by €50 to fly on the dates mentioned!!!

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