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Emirates and Greek Carrier Aegean Announce Codeshare Partnership

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Heading to Greece from the U.S. just got a whole lot simpler.

Dubai-based Emirates and Greece’s flag carrier Aegean Airlines have joined forces by way of a new codeshare that will mean seamless connections from the U.S. to 8 Greek destinations.

Let’s take a look at what that means for your next Greek odyssey.

Emirates Announces New Codeshare With Aegean Airlines

If you didn’t already know that Emirates operates nonstop services from Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH), then you’d be forgiven for wondering how this new partnership could benefit you if you’re based in the U.S.

Emirates 777 At PRG Airport
An Emirates Boeing 777 in Prague. Image Credit: Petr Bonek via Shutterstock

Starting in October 2022, passengers flying on Emirates’ fifth-freedom flight between Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH) will be able to transfer seamlessly to flights operated by Aegean Airlines to 8 Greek destinations.

Despite being different airlines and not part of the same alliance (Emirates doesn’t belong to any airline alliance), the codeshare means that travelers from the U.S. will only need to make 1 reservation to fly to the following destinations:

Alexandroupolis (AXD), Chania, Crete (CHQ), Corfu (CFU), Heraklion, Crete (HER), Mykonos (JMK), Rhodes (RHO), Santorini (JTR), and Thessaloniki (SKG).

Emirates and Aegean codeshare routes from Athens ATH
Route map of the Aegean-operated Emirates and Aegean codeshare routes from Athens (ATH). Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper.

It also means that bags will be checked from Newark (EWR) to your chosen final destination in Greece.

All but the Northern cities of Alexandroupolis (AXD) and Thessaloniki (SKG) are island destinations.

Boarding an Aegean A320neo at Thessaloniki Airport
All smiles boarding an Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo at Thessaloniki Airport (SKG). Image Credit: Daniel Ross

We ran a couple of dates through Google Flights to get some example prices but the 1-stop flights with Emirates and Aegean don’t seem to be available to book just yet.

That said, we’d expect prices to be somewhere in the region of at least $1,000 for a round-trip economy ticket.

Normally we’d suggest using Emirates Skywards miles when booking expensive tickets. Regrettably, it seems like this won’t be possible when booking an Emirates flight with an Aegean connection.

Hot Tip: Emirates business and first class are some of the most luxurious ways to fly, and they have the price tag to match. Instead, we’d recommend using Emirates Skywards miles. Check out our complete guide on the best ways to earn lots of Skywards miles to learn how to fly these products for minimal cash outlay.

Final Thoughts

From the idyllic isles of Mykonos (JMK) and Santorini (JTR) to the urban vibes of Thessaloniki (SKG), Emirates and Aegean’s new codeshare will take you there.

Should the codeshare be successful, there’s a high chance that even more exciting destinations could be added in the future.

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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