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Getting to Symi 2017 – Israel, Russia and connecting at Athens or Thessaloniki

And now here’s the rest of the flight schedules (until of course something changes or extra flights are announced).
The non-EU/EFTA/EEA flights this year seem to be confined to just Russia and Israel (so far there are no scheduled flights from Ukraine or Turkey) but there’s quite a bit of interest all the same. Russian scheduled airline S7 has started flights from Moscow to Rhodes, and S7 is definitely one of the most reputable and financially sound Russian airlines, and they also participate fully in international airline alliances. Greek airline TUS has started flights from Haifa to Rhodes and Kos, and this is the first time in many years there have been flights from anywhere in Israel other than Tel Aviv.

Then there are the domestic flights that could be used to connect from international arrivals at Athens or Thessaloniki. This year Aegean Airlines is using their Olympic Air brand for all domestic flights, and the Aegean brand for international flights, but the actual plane that turns up could be painted in either colour scheme. It is entirely possible to book through tickets from very many places indeed using Olympic flights to complete the journey, and have baggage transferred for you at Athens or Thessaloniki, along with a protected connection – that is if the inbound flight arrives too late to make the connection, the airlines will put you on the next flight with available seats and provide refreshments and even overnight accommodation if this can’t be done the same day.
However if you book two separate tickets you will need to reclaim baggage at Athens or Thessaloniki and check in again for the second flight, and if the first flight is too late to make the connection, you’re entirely on your own, and will probably need to pay for a new ticket at the full fare. This is absolutely inevitable if either or both your flights are with Ryanair, as they simply don’t do connections. So allow masses of time – like several hours, or preferably overnight, unless you can afford to take a significant risk.

So here are the flight schedules, and now keep an eye out for updates!

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Israel and Russia – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Athens and Thessaloniki – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes from France – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Italy – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Scandanavia and Finland – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Austria – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Switzerland – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Germany – version 3
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the Netherlands – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Belgium and Luxembourg – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the UK – version 7

Getting to Symi 2017 – Flights from France

Today I’ve added the flights to Rhodes from France that I’ve been able to find details of so far. There don’t seem to be any flights at all to Kos this summer. Even the Rhodes flights are sparse, because although Transavia claim to be flying there from at least Paris Orly and Lyon, they remain silent on dates and times – odd, you’d think they’d want people to book!

On the positive side, Corendon has now released the flight times of their services from Amsterdam and Brussels to Rhodes and Kos, so the flight schedule tables for both the Netherlands and Belgium have been updated. And if you’re planning a visit from Austria, Germany, or Switzerland, do double check your flights now that the details of the Air Berlin and Niki changes have emerged.

This completes the details for EU and EEA/EFTA countries. As far as I can tell there are no flights at all to Rhodes or Kos from Iceland, Malta, Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Slovenia, Spain, or Portugal. There are flights from the Irish Republic, but they are bookable only as part of a package holiday, and there can’t be any flights from Lichtenstein as there is no airport.

Still to come are flights from other countries (such as Russia, Ukraine, and Israel), and of course the domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki that are used by people who can’t get a direct or non-stop flight from their favoured airport either at all or on the day/time they want.

2017 Flights to Rhodes from France – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Italy – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland , Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Scandanavia and Finland – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Austria – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Switzerland – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Germany – version 3
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the Netherlands – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Belgium and Luxembourg – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the UK – version 7

Flights from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria – big changes

Yesterday it was announced that all the flights to Rhodes and Kos that were originally advertised as Air Berlin operated will instead by operated by FlyNiki. FlyNiki already did the flights from Austria as up to now it has been the Austrian operating company in the Air Berlin group. It is expected that the same planes and crews will be doing the flights – whether they get a new paint job and new uniforms in time remains to be seen.
There are several exceptions:
Leipzig/Halle to Kos is cancelled, and the existing flyNiki route Salzburg to Kos has also been cancelled. Other airlines operate on these routes, so there’s still a service of sorts. I suspect cancellation due to poor loadings has been bundled in with the general announcements – there are lots of other summer-sun cancellations that don’t affect Rhodes or Kos – for example no less than seven other Greek destinations from Vienna are cancelled.
Salzburg to Rhodes has lost one of its two flights a week, so has Berlin Tegel to Rhodes.

The days of the week operated and/or timings have changed for almost every flight so I’ve updated the flight schedules – these are included in the complete set issued so far:
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Italy – version 1
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Scandanavia and Finland – version 1

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Austria – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Switzerland – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Germany – version 3
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the Netherlands – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Belgium and Luxembourg – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the UK – version 7

Getting to Symi 2017 – from Italy

Moving on to flights from Italy, the big changes are to flights for Kos. Here the withdrawal of Ryanair from the Kos market has left a big gap in availability, Several airports no longer have Kos flights.
Meridiana has withdrawn from the Greek market entirely, but here the lost capacity has been replaced by Neos adding flights, As usual there are undoubtedly tour operator charters without seat-only sales facilities, at least unless seats remain a few days before departure, but finding out when this is a possibility is difficult to say the least.
Edited to add, Meridiana flights have now been put on sale to both Rhodes and Kos. Thanks to Rhodes Airport Aviation News for the heads-up.
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Italy – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Scandanavia and Finland – version 1

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Austria – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Switzerland – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Germany – version 3
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the Netherlands – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Belgium and Luxembourg – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the UK – version 7

Getting to Symi 2017 – from eastern EU

This update adds flights from the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia and Cyprus to Rhodes and Kos. Update – also from Poland to Rhodes
A feature this year is that Smartwings has established a hub operation at Prague, and with at least two flights a day to Rhodes and one to Kos is able to offer flights (connecting in Prague) from a number of airports that previously had no service at all – you’ll need to look at their website for this as these tables only show non-stop flights.

The UK now reaches Version 5 with extra flights from Leeds to Rhodes announced by Jet2. Update – now at Version 6

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia – version 2
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Scandanavia and Finland – version 1

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Austria – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Switzerland – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Germany – version 3
2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the Netherlands – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from Belgium and Luxembourg – version 2

2017 Flights to Rhodes and Kos from the UK – version 7