Guest Blog from Andy Ward - Flight News

Keen readers will remember that I promised the winter timetable of flights to and from Rhodes and Kos. As technical difficulties prevent me from posting on the blog at the moment, Adriana has kindly offered to host this on her blog page. Flights are at a very low ebb indeed, and they don’t seem to have been designed to help with connections at Athens or Thessaloniki either. I’m working on a table of international flights from Athens and Thessaloniki for the winter, and you will still be able to get to Symi, just not as conveniently as in the past. The reason for the reduced service is of course the dramatic drop in Greek domestic air travel caused by the economic problems.

Rhodes looks like having no international flights at all apart from a once-weekly service to Tirana this winter. There have been attempts to persuade Easyjet or Transavia to run winter  services, but since neither have anything on sale just over two months before they would start operating, I think the attempts must have failed. There are other domestic flights from Rhodes, with services to Kastellorizo, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Kalymnos, Astypalea, Leros  and Heraklion, but none of these offer international connections.

In other news, the schedule for Blue Star Diagoras is planned to continue unaltered up to the end of October, though bookings aren’t open yet after mid September.

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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