A mixture of flight and ferry news:
Dodekanisos Seaways timetable for the period up to 15 October is now available on their website, but still subject to alteration and not bookable past 31 March – but then as I repeatedly say, there’s no need to book any great time in advance. I’m sure their boss George Spanos appreciates the interest-free loans from people who insist they must book for September in February, but it really and truly isn’t necessary. If the sailing is going to sell out at all, it won’t do so until a week or less before departure. Greeks don’t believe in booking months in advance, day trippers often only decide the day before.
The Blue Star Patmos won’t be ready to resume her place on their routes through Symi until about 8 February, and the Blue Star Delos will cover the route in the meantime, assuming that the weather calms down enough for normal sailings to operate.
Ryanair have just announced a new route with two flights a week between Manchester and Rhodes, on Mondays and Fridays from 1 June to 26 October. Planes leave Manchester at 14:30 arriving Rhodes 20:55, returning from Rhodes at 21:20 and getting back to Manchester at 23:55. I suspect this replaces the route from Liverpool which still isn’t visible in their timetable.
After the legal shenanigans over the airline Niki, it has now been sold to a consortium of its founder Niki Lauda, and the Thomas Cook group. It wouldn’t be surprising if IAG’s Vueling subsidiary, who had bid and had their bid accepted, now retaliate by taking action in Spain (their home country) to block the airport slots Niki needs to operate there. Expect flights to Greece from Dusseldorf and Vienna, using the brand name LaudaMotion. The pilots are very unhappy about this takeover and 90% of Niki’s former pilots have applied for jobs to other airlines, so it remains to be seen how many flights can be operated. There’s somewhat of a Europe-wide shortage of experienced senior pilots capable of being graded as Captain.
This weekend should see me uploading flight summary tables and ferry timetable summaries to the blog, look for flights from Scandanavia/Finland, and from Central/Eastern Europe, as well as the summer’s ferries.