- United and Delta will provide daily seasonal services to Iceland and Greece this summer.
- Both countries rely heavily on tourism and the EU is under pressure to reopen it to travelers.
- International travel is still down more than 75% in March compared to 2019, industry data show.
US travelers wishing to go abroad will visit three European destinations this summer as long as they can prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
On Monday, United Airlines announced it would begin operating daily seasonal services to Iceland and Greece starting in July.
United’s move follows Delta’s announcement last month that it will provide daily services to Iceland from three U.S. cities. (Boston Logan, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York̵7;s John F. Kennedy International Airport) in May, and Delta’s route map indicates flights from JFK to Athens will resume operations. In june
In addition, United will offer routes to Croatia three times a week, reflecting the increased search activity on its website over the past month, the company told Bloomberg.Each European route is new for United and is as follows: Chicago to Reykjavik, Iceland beginning June 3; Washington-Athens, Greece starts July 1 and Newark to Dubrovnik, Croatia from 8 July.
Iceland is part of the Schengen area for visa-free travel. But it is not a member of the European Union and therefore is exempt from general restrictions for visitors from outside the EU, Icelandair recently warned international travelers that the country cannot be used as a continental back door. Can by saying “Travel from Iceland to the rest of Europe is currently not permitted for non-Schengen residents.
Greece, meanwhile, recently lifted restrictions on US travelers that could provide a certificate of vaccination or negative COVID test results as a member of the European Union.The Greece move has put further pressure on the group to open up wider travel. More
Both Greece and Iceland rely heavily on the dollar for tourism. Tourism accounts for one-tenth of Greece’s economy, and those revenues plummeted 80% as a result of the 2019 outbreak.Tourism accounted for 42% of Iceland’s economy. In an effort to incentivize visitors to Iceland, Air is promoting round-trip prices as low as $ 349 and waiving change fees to make flyers more flexible in their travels.
Data from the industrial trade group showed that international travel continued to decline more than 75% in March compared to 2019.