Flight from Athens to Milos
The fastest means of travelling from Athens to Milos is by plane. With around 25 minutes of pure flight time, there is hardly any time for the air hostess to perform the security pantomime and hand out a small snack. The check-in and set-up procedure at the airport far outweighs the actual duration of the journey. After a low flight over the western Cyclades, with views of some of the inner Cyclades in good visibility, you finally land abruptly on the short concrete runway of Milos airport. If you like to gaze out of the window in anticipation, you should sit on the left side. From here, you can definitely see the other islands, and, in my experience, you are more likely to enter Milos Bay in an arc when approaching from the west than when landing from the east. If you fly in from this direction, you can see the north coast of Milos to your left, then Plaka and the neighbouring villages, and finally Adamas and most of Ormos Milou as you descend.
While the Athens-Milos route used to be operated exclusively by Olympic/Aegean, there is now a second airline, Sky Express. However, the supposed competition does not result in significantly lower prices. Both airlines fly almost identical aircraft, Olympic Air currently the ATR 42-600, Sky Express the ATR 42-500, both 48-seaters. The days when the old Olympic Aviation flew to Milos with a 19-seater Dornier D 228 are long gone. The memory of flying across the Aegean Sea in a covered bathtub with camping seats brings back a few nostalgic memories, but today’s flights to Milos definitely feels safer.
Airport codes: ATH (Athens) - MLO (Milos)
Naturally, there are many more flights during the summer season than in the low season. In July and August, you sometimes have a choice of up to five flights from early morning to late afternoon. In winter, on the other hand, you are lucky if there's one a day.
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