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The first scheduled helicopter airline in Greece launches

This month, hoper launched as the first and only airline company in Greece to offer daily scheduled helicopter flights, providing fixed routes and departure times, from Athens to the Aegean Islands.

Poised to transform the Greek travel landscape by providing fast, convenient, scenic and safe helicopter flights, hoper connects travellers to Greece’s most beautiful and remote destinations in less than 45 minutes.

Flights to Athens, Antiparos, Folegandros, Ios, Kea (Tzea), Mykonos, Patmos, Santorini, Sifnos, Patmos, Spetses and Tinos are now in service for summer 2024 and available to book online as individual one-way or round-trip seats at flyhoper.com. One-way fares start at 160€-350€ depending on the destination.

The Athens-based company will operate year-round with a fleet of five glass-cockpit Robinson R44 and R66 helicopters.

The flights will originate from its base in Koropi, Athens, which is only 15 minutes by private car or taxi from Athens International Airport, as well as from Mykonos and Santorini, to other islands. hoper also operates chartered flights on a request basis for passengers whose plans may not align with scheduled routes.

Founded by three Greek entrepreneurs and travel enthusiasts Dimitris Memos, Costas Gerardos and George Papaioannidis, hoper aspires to revolutionize air transport, offering fast, comfortable and safe travel to Greece’s most sought-after destinations in the Aegean Islands. The company plans to add new destinations in the mainland later this year.

Dimitris Memos, Chief Executive Officer of hoper, said: “Our vision is to make vertical mobility solutions a habit for people who value their time.

With hoper, we turn hours into minutes, and travellers earn up to a full day of vacation. It is a new, unique travel experience that makes the beauties of Greece more accessible.”

Dimitris Kossyfas, Chief Commercial Officer of hoper, said: “We focus on affordability and making helicopter travel more accessible to a wider range of passengers. hoper allows passengers to book flights and individual seats without having to charter an entire helicopter.”

Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Olga Kefalogianni, described hoper’s investment as “a unique step without precedent” for Greek tourism.

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