Greek Airlines says no more trips to Europe
Greek Airlines has cancelled all scheduled flights to and from the UK and France following the latest deadly terror attack in Paris.
The airline, which operates flights to London, Brussels and Paris, said it was cancelling all scheduled international flights between January 20 and December 17, after a man opened fire in a Paris airport terminal and killed four people, including two French police officers.
Greek Airlines said on Twitter that the airline would resume flights on February 18 and 19 from the French cities of Strasbourg and Lyon.
Greek Airlines is owned by billionaire investor Panagiotis Lafazanis, who has been accused of buying up European airlines for a fee.
It said that in response to the incident, all flights between the UK, France and Greece were being rerouted to Frankfurt.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced that Athens will also suspend flights between Greece and the United States and between Canada and Argentina.
“Today, our country will resume its flights to the United Kingdom and France.
As a consequence of the recent attacks in Paris, we will resume our flights between those countries as well as flights between Australia and New Zealand.
It is also to be recalled that Greece will not resume flights between Germany and the Netherlands,” he said.
Greek flights to Australia, which are part of the European Union, were suspended in January.
“It’s a very painful and difficult decision for us, but it’s the right thing to do, and we hope that it will encourage people to travel,” Samaras said.
“Our government is determined to find the best solutions to ensure the security of our citizens.
We will continue to work together and ensure that the safety of our country and its citizens is ensured,” he added.
Earlier this month, a French court found Lafazenis guilty of “terrorism financing” and sentenced him to 12 years in prison.
He had been under investigation by French authorities for years.
French President Emmanuel Macron said last year that the attack on the airport was a “new kind of attack” that showed that “we have to do more than we think we can to defend ourselves.”
Greece has faced a series of terror attacks in recent years.
Last year, a gunman shot dead a Greek teacher who was attending a protest against austerity measures and a Greek student stabbed three men to death at the university.
A second Greek student was shot dead by police in the city of Karpathos after a protest at a cafe.
Last week, a Greek man was arrested after a shooting at a police station in Athens.