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Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

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San Ramon...
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Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

Hi

As part of our Athens,Instabul trip mid June (June 23rd), we're planning to fly from Santorini to Athens and onward to Istanbul via Aegean airlines.

Checking for options at the aegean air website, there is a flight schedule that comes up - leaves Santorini at 11.20AM, reaches Athens at 12.05pm (noon), and then leaves Athens at 13.55, arriving Istanbul at 15.15pm. This leaves us an hour and 45 mins to unboard at Athens and board onto the Istanbul flight.

Questions:

1. Is that sufficient time to manage flight transition? Esp., since the Athens-Istanbul section is international?

2. Given that both legs are Aegean, will we have to run across terminals?

3. Since the Athens-istanbul part is international, is it a separate section within the airport that we'll have to find and run to?

2. Since we're booking the whole flight via Aegean, will our checked-in baggage be automatically transferred?

3. We are US citizens, is there any additional travel/airport actions that might delay us?

4. I'm assuming out tourist visas will be issued at Istabul on entry. Correct? Anything we need to be aware of ?

thanks very much

-john

San Ramon...
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1. Re: Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

[Following up on my own message]

The other flight option is leaving Santorini early morning at 7AM. And catching that same Athens->Istanbul flight, so a 5 hr wait at Athens airport and getting up at an inconvenient time in Santorini !

Are there other flight options from Santorini to Athens?

-john

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2. Re: Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

as your flights are with the same air flight company and you have one ticket, when you will check in in Santorini mention that you have a connected flight to Istabul and you will collect your luggage at Istabul airport.

There is no problem for the time between the flights as you will already check in at Santorini airport, in Athens you will need only to go at the gate for the flight to Istabul, but not run only walk :). No knowledge about the tourist visa, sorry :(

Other company for the flight between Santorini and Athens is Olympic air.

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3. Re: Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

Hey and welcome John:-) Take a look at the airport's official site at www.aia.gr/ As you can see, it's all under 1 roof or terminal building so no getting lost/switching terminals;-) It's a new, modern, efficient and user-friendly airport.. you'll simply need to go from arrivals up one flight to departures.. piece of cake;-) As long as your incoming flight from Santorini is timely, you'll have no issues on the connection with it being a through ticket.. you're covered;-)

As far as the visa is concerned, you can get it at the airport upon arrival in Istanbul.. it's $20 cash.. and take note that as of Jan 1, 2013, if your passport does not have enough 'blank pages' to accommodate the sticker visa they provide, they can deny you entry.. you can also get the visa via any Turkish Embassy or Consulate anywhere.. you can read all the specs on travel.state.gov site.. google for it.. it's all there;-) Happy planning.. and enJOY!

San Ramon...
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4. Re: Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

Thanks for the comments.

So let me ask: how reliable is the Aegean flight from Santorini to Athens generally, in terms of timeliness?

-john

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5. Re: Question : flight from santorini to istanbul, via Athens

Our pleasure John:-) For the most part, the short puddle jump isle flights run pretty timely.. of course, no one can predict what will happen on any specific day.. there can be weather delays.. possibly a mechanical.. whatever! Having said that, IMO, Aegean is a great airline.. flew them to Santorini as well a few years back;-) Would go with your original 1 hour 45 min spread with that through ticket.. and keep enjoyin'!

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