Travel Alert July 2018: Athens Wildfires

If Athens and areas of the Attica region of Greece are in your travel plans over the next few weeks, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as wildfires have suddenly raged out of control.

Travel Alert July 2018: Athens Wildfires

Two wildfires which are burning near Athens have resulted in a minimum of 74 fatalities and injured at least 170 people; while greater than 700 people have already been evacuated. At least a thousand building structures — including homes — were destroyed.

Alexis Tsipras — who is the current prime minister of Greece — declared three days of national mourning for those people who were killed in what is being called the deadliest fire season to hit Greece in greater than a decade.

Gale force winds were responsible for the sudden spread of the wildfires; but significant precipitation is currently forecast for the southern coast of Greece and will hopefully help in extinguishing the wildfires — or, at least, helping the greater than 400 firefighters contain them.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Athens, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the wildfires which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions due to thick smoke and traffic problems — including road closures.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the wildfires:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Athens for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 through Tuesday, July 31, 2018; and Tuesday, July 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Athens for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 through Sunday, July 29, 2018; and Saturday, August 4, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aegean Airlines has posted that travel to and from Athens and the Attica region may experience flight delays, cancellation, or diversions through Tuesday, July 23, 2018; but specific travel waiver information had not yet posted at the time this article was written — and expect additional irregular operations for the next week or so.
  • Olympic Air has issued a travel alert for Athens and the Attica region for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 through Sunday, July 29, 2018; and Sunday, July 29, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

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