On the flights front, Small Planet will now be operating scheduled flights from Katowice and Warsaw to Rhodes, adding Poland to the list of countries with scheduled flights.
Thomas Cook UK have firmed up their flight times, adding an extra flight to Rhodes from Manchester, and gone public on which flights will be operated by subcontracted airlines, so the flight schedules table is now at Version 6.
Thomson have yet to do the same. Olympic Holidays will be chartering their own flights from London Gatwick and Manchester again in 2017, using aircraft from Enter Air and ASL France. However I have not added these to the tables because more often than not the times and operating airlines change more than once before the season even starts.
Regarding ferries, I’ve already had people asking when they will be able to book the summer services between Rhodes and Symi just announced by Dodekanisos Seaways. The answer is February 20th. BUT why on earth would you want to book until you’ve seen the offerings of the other two ferry operators on the route? Their timings might suit you better, their fares might be cheaper!
My advice is always:
There is no need to book ferries between Rhodes and Symi or Symi and Rhodes months in advance, unless you like making interest free loans to ferry companies.
If your journey involves the Dodekanisos Express or Dodekanisos Pride, it might be worth booking a few days in advance, as they can sometimes fill up with people making day trips from Rhodes, who book on the spur of the moment. The same applies to the Panagia Skiadeni and Symi in high season. The Blue Star ships hold 1400 people, and rarely if ever have more than 400 on between Rhodes and Symi, so they just won’t sell out.
Locals think tourists are mad for booking so early. It’s only within the last 20 years that it even became possible to book more than a week in advance, because that’s how far in advance the timetables were issued. Greeks fully understand booking planes in advance because the fares may be cheaper, but as this is never the case for ferries, they don’t see the point!
Here are the flight schedules:
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