On July 2, 2021, United Airlines began nonstop daily seasonal service between Athens International Airport and its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport, with a unique water salute commemorating the first capital-to-capital flight between the two cities.
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes are used to run the new daily nonstop summer seasonal route. It is the first-ever nonstop service from Athens to Washington, D.C., and it complements United’s existing daily summer service from Athens to its New York/Newark hub, which began on June 3 (eastbound) and June 5 (westbound) (westbound).
“We are thrilled to launch the first-ever nonstop service between Athens and Washington, D.C., which expands our European route network and gives our customers in Greece direct access to the United States capital, as well as over 80 destinations beyond our hub,” said Bob Schumacher, United Director of Sales.
“This very first ‘capital-to-capital’ connection is an amazing development for our airport, our city, and our country, demonstrating the significant demand and market dynamics, with passengers on both sides of the Atlantic, including the vibrant Greek-American community, getting ready to plan a trip,” said Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director Communications and Marketing at Athens International Airport.