Ryanair reinstates some of its axed routes from Chania to Athens, Thessaloniki and Paphos with some of the flights from Chania to Paphos and Thessaloniki continuing in the winter months.
In 2015 Ryanair offered passengers from Chania to Thessaloniki seven flights a week and to Athens to 18 flights a week and flew to Paphos three times a week, before cancelling all flights from Chania in winter 2017.
The new reduced winter schedule will offer four weekly flights to Thessaloniki and two weekly flights to Paphos all year round. Reinstated flights to Athens will operate during the summer season, until October 2018
At a time when Ryanair increases its presence in other regional airports in Europe, it reduces its service from Chania, very likely in response to Fraport’s decision to increase charges at Chania airport from 1st April, a decision that, because of its operational model, affects Ryanair more than any other airline using the airport.
“Prices at regional airports are going up for no reason at all,” chief commercial officer David O’ Brien. O’Brien said that Fraport Greece has introduced new charges for aircraft parking overnight, as well as for fire services during aircraft refueling.