Greece launches its first helicopter airline

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Hoper, the first airline to offer scheduled helicopter services in Greece, has officially begun operations, enabling travelers to island-hop in style this summer.

According to businesstravelerusa the airline aims to make travel around the Greek islands faster and more convenient, enhancing the overall passenger experience with regular routes and fixed departure times to 11 destinations.

Based in Athens, Hoper operates flights from the Koropi heliport, just a 15-minute drive from Athens International Airport (ATH). It also has hubs on the popular resort islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

Currently, Hoper offers flights from Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini to typically hard-to-reach islands such as Antiparos, Folegandros, Ios, Kea, Patmos, Sifnos, Spetses, and Tinos. Flight times are less than 45 minutes, allowing travelers more time at their destinations.

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Fares start at €160 ($172) one way, though prices can rise to €380 ($408) due to high demand. Hoper plans to operate these flights year-round with its fleet of five Robinson R44 and R66 helicopters. These helicopters feature glass cockpits and panoramic windows for stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea. The R44 can carry three passengers, while the R66 can hold four, with ample baggage space. Hoper promises a quiet, smooth, and comfortable flight experience.

Founded by Greek entrepreneurs and travel enthusiasts Dimitris Memos, Costas Gerardos, and George Papaioannidis, Hoper aims to revolutionize green travel by offering a safe and enjoyable alternative to traditional airlines, at a more affordable price than on-demand charters.

Source: businesstravelerusa

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