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Hello Everyone,

Quick question. My husband and I are planning our first trip to Greece in May 2017. Everything is complete except for our rountrip airfare from NYC. We are planning on departing Santorini for Athens on Sunday May 14th on the Aegean Air flight than leaves at 640a and lands in Athens at 725am.
Is it risky to book a flight home to NYC that same day leaving after 13:00?
I am not familiar with the Aegean Airlines (delays, reliability) and the layout of the airport. I assume we would need to get our bags, go through security/customs etc and wasn't sure how much time we would need?
Thanks for the assistance!

Posted by
3035 posts

That's plenty of time if nothing goes wrong, but what happens if your flight back to Athens is cancelled or there's a long delay due to mechanical problems? It's always best to return to Athens the day before flying home.

Posted by
1078 posts

You didn't say what airline you are flying back on-I know that Aegean is part of either the DL or UA alliance-can't say which, however, when you book, there is a drop down window asking who you might be a member of. If continuing with the partner, bags would be checked through and if any problem, you could be taken care of under EU rules.

Posted by
1064 posts

I agree that it would be much better to get to Athens one day before you fly. Flying out of Athens the same day after coming from an island can be risky: delays, cancellations, bad weather, etc.

Play it say and spend the day in Athens then take the flight the next day. It will be less stressful, plus you get a day in Athens which will give you a tease of how nice a city it is, even if many don't think so.

Posted by
1227 posts

Aegean is an excellent airline and has won awards for the past several years. They are reliable but mechanical problems and weather can still happen. We have witnessed several people scramble to change their bookings when we experienced a 4 hour delay on Naxos a couple of years ago. Its probably about 99 percent probability that your flight plan and connection will work. Is it worth it to spend that last night in Athens. Yes it is but that is your call.
By the way Aegean is a star alliance member so that means United is the American airline you will be looking for to book connections with Aegean.