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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

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