During a recent press conference in Athens, attended by Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura and Greek tourism industry representatives, Aegean management has revealed its 2016 route network.
Set to mark yet another year of impressive growth, in 2016 Aegean will be operating in a total of 145 different destinations – 111 international and 34 domestic – spanning 45 countries.
An impressive 16.2 million seats (approximately) will be made available, an increase of 1.1 million on 2015.
Flights will be operated by one of Europe’s youngest fleets, with four more brand new Airbus A320ceos to be delivered to Aegean between November 2015 and March 2016.
The Greek carrier plans to operate 61 aircraft in 2016: 47 Airbus A320/321s and 14 Bombardier Q400/100s.
New countries to be served from Athens include Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia. Flight increases on existing routes of major source markets are also planned.
Meanwhile, throughout summer 2016, 13 further destinations will be launched from Athens, pushing the number of direct services to 101. These include: Amsterdam, Bari, Dublin, Jeddah, Krakow, Lille, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca and Split.
Commenting on the developments was vice chairman, Aegean, Eftichios Vassilakis: “Exactly two years after acquiring Olympic Air we have moved to the next level, thanks to the potential we created for the company with the synergies, the efforts and the maturation of our excellent team. In about three years we have had a balanced expansion of our regional bases, as well as of the Athens base, by approximately three million passengers, transferring this year more than 11.5 million passengers, to more than 40 countries and Greece.
“Even this difficult and full of challenges year, we received brand new Airbus A320ceo’s during the capital controls and supported the Greek tourism with a growth rate many times higher than the market’s rate, which except for Athens was stagnant. Furthermore, with lower fares and increased international flights, we increased significantly the traffic to less popular destinations, affected by the reduction of domestic tourism, keeping the promise we made when we acquired Olympic Air.”
Vassilakis continued: “In 2016, looking forward to the economy stabilisation, we continue our efforts actively with 13 new destinations and 1.1 million additional seats. With our four new Αirbus we shall reach 61 aircraft and 16 million seats in 45 countries.”