EasyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has launched its first flight from Bristol to Athens.

The new route to another European capital is part of Bristol’s ongoing expansion, which has also seen easyJet now flying from Bristol to Stockholm.

The airline’s biggest base outside of London now flies to 65 destinations with 13 aircraft.

EasyJet’s Bristol will be operating this year-round route from Bristol to Athens, twice per week on the Airbus A320.

Greece’s capital is rich with history, and home to the magnificent Acropolis. As well as learning about ancient Greece, tourists can eat, drink, shop and explore in Athens. The new route from Bristol to Greece’s global city also provides for business travellers.

EasyJet opened the Bristol base more than 15 years ago, and since then has flown more than 49.8 million passengers. The airline continues to grow and expand in Bristol, while offering low-fares and friendly customer service.

Ali Gayward, UK country manager, said: “We are excited to be providing this route from Bristol airport to the fantastic city of Athens.

“As Greek’s capital, Athens offers history and culture with its ancient landmarks, museums and galleries, and provides lots to see and do.

“We believe this route will also provide very popular with Bristol’s business travellers, as well as attracting inbound traffic for Greek nationals wanting to access the South West of England."

Nigel Scott, business development director, Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted with the announcement of a year round service commencing between Bristol and Athens.

“We recognise there is a strong Greek community in the area and the new destination will appeal to both business and leisure passengers. It adds another capital city to the route network, extending the choice available to passengers from the South West and Wales region.

“This route will also support inbound tourism using Bristol Airport as the gateway to visitors whether it is to see the range of coastal harbours, tourist venues, historic attractions or the vibrant cities the region has to offer.”