In a move to meet the growing demand for Greece, United Airlines has launched daily direct flights from Chicago to Athens. The company said it was increasing flights by more than 30 percent for 2024.

The seasonal service through to August 12 comes in addition to existing daily flights from Athens to New York/Newark and Washington Dulles.

On occasion of the first United flight to Athens International Airport (AIA), the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) held a promo event at  Chicago O’Hare.

United is one of many airlines boosting capacity to Greece for the summer season. Last week, American Airlines said it started flights from New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia a month earlier and Norse Atlantic Airways said it was also serving Athens-US routes.

Greece is expecting the number of travelers from the US to reach record highs this summer.

United Chicago Athens credit GNTO

Photo credit: GNTO

“We are excited to further expand our Europe route network with the introduction of this new flight from Athens to our hometown hub in Chicago,” said Thorsten Lettnin, United Director of Sales, Continental Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Israel.

Commenting on the news AIA Director of Communications & Marketing Ioanna Papadopoulou said the addition of the ‘Windy City’ route enhanced connectivity and provided even more options for overseas passengers.

“Since the beginning of the year, the US market has demonstrated impressive growth and is consistently ranking in the top position among our most important and popular markets,” Papadopoulou added.

United, the largest carrier operating out of O’Hare International Airport, has been serving Greece with summer seasonal flights since 2016.