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March 21, 2017—No. 10 (202) 785-8430

AHI Takes Issue with United CEO’s Criticism of New Emirates Route to Athens

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute wrote to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz to express “profound disappointment” with his comments that attacked the launch of Emirates Airline’s year-round, non-stop daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens, Greece.  

AHI President Nick Larigakis’s March 20, 2017 letter presents the merits of the new Emirates route to the strengthening of U.S. – Greece relations, citing the potential for growth in tourism and commerce.  “The new route fills a major void that has been missing for years, and provides the estimated 1.3 million Greek Americans, and their families, and all Americans, a more convenient option to visit Greece,” Larigakis wrote.

Furthermore, Larigakis proposed to Munoz that instead of critiquing Emirates, United Airlines, as the second largest airline carrier, should reconsider AHI’s request for United to establish its own year-round, non-stop daily service from a U.S. major hub with a significant Greek American market to Athens, Greece.  Larigakis suggested Chicago.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center and think tank that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.


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