PHOTO: Southampton Airport.

LONDON – Southampton Airport celebrated a new link this week between the Solent-based airport and Skiathos in Greece.

The airline will operate this flight on a once per week basis on Tuesdays until October 2, using a Flybe Embraer E195.

Photo: Javier Bravo Muñoz

Councillor Spiros Vassiliou was one of the passengers on this first flight to Skiathos.

“I am delighted that the first-ever direct flight to Greece is being launched from our fantastic local Southampton Airport!” he said.

“This is a connection that I and many others have long hoped for, and it has only been made possible because of determination and commitment of FlyLolo and Southampton Airport.”

A Small Airline With No Planes

While FlyLolo does not have any active aircraft in its fleet, deals made with Flybe will enable them to operate the routes on a far cheaper basis.Neil Garwood, the Managing Director for Southampton Airport, said to be “really excited to finally launch the flight to Skiathos.”

“We are committed to providing more exciting destinations to our customers, and this is the first time we’ve opened up a getaway to the Eastern Mediterranean. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with FlyLolo,” he said.

Paul Dendle, the CEO of FlyLolo, remarked that this flight “it’s the first step for our expansion plans for 14 destinations next year to the Eastern Mediterranean.”

Looking at the airline’s route network, FlyLolo operates to destinations in Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, as well as in the UK.

More than likely, some of the flights they have on offer will be operated through Flybe until they can get the aircraft to sustain their own operations.