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Latest Travel News for Visitors to Symi by Andy Ward

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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.

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 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

Getting to Symi 2017 – Scandanavia and Finland

And now here are the 2017 summer flight schedules from Scandanavia and Finland to Rhodes and Kos. A few things to note: W-patterns (plane leaves base in the morning, flies to Rhodes, goes from Rhodes to a different airport in the base country and back, and finally returns to base in the evening) are common in this part of Europe. The charter flights for smaller regional airports also sometimes share a plane, so airport A has service in the first half of the summer and airport B in the second half. This can cause minor variations in the timetable on the changeover date.
The charters are bookable on a seat-only basis using the website of the package tour division of the group concerned (so Ving for Thomas Cook Sweden, for example), but usually only for one, two, or three week stays.

I also offer Version 2 of the Germany schedule, with added Eurowings flights. Given the transition from Germanwings to Eurowings within the Lufthansa group, the actual plane on the day may be in either livery, or even operated by Air Berlin/Niki under contract.

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