Greek carrier Aegean Airlines switches its UK flights from Stansted to Heathrow this weekend, and is also starting a codeshare agreement with Bmi to six destinations in the UK and Ireland.
The move to Heathrow makes sense for Aegean as it is due to join Star Alliance next year (see online news May 26). The twice-daily flights will now depart at 1245 and 2020 from Heathrow T1, arriving into Athens at 1830 and 0205 respectively. The return legs will leave the Greek capital at 0910 and 1720, landing back into Heathrow at 1115 and 1920. The route is being served with new Airbus A321 aircraft in a two-class configuration.
To co-incide with the move the carrier has announced a codeshare agreement with Star Alliance member Bmi, which also comes into force this weekend. The agreement sees Aegean codesharing on six Bmi routes within the UK and Ireland (Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin), while Bmi will place its code on Aegean routes from Athens to Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania and Rhodes.
Report by Mark Caswell