Monday March 30, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Aegean boosts seating capacity to 13 million

By Alexandra Kassimi

Greece’s largest carrier by passengers, Aegean Airlines is strengthening its presence in the domestic and international markets this year while aiming at the creation of an extra 2,400 jobs by the start of the summer season.

Aegean announced on Thursday it has expanded its capacity for the whole of this year by 1.15 million seats to a total of 13 million seats, while maintaining eight hubs in Greece with the addition of its new one at Hania.

During the announcement of its summer schedule, Aegean confirmed the operation of 205 international and 51 domestic routes, with 6.6 million available seats for 33 Greek destinations and another 6.4 million for 81 overseas destinations.

As a part of its expansion program, the airline has boosted its fleet with another five Airbus aircraft, taking the total count to 50 planes, including those of its subsidiary, Olympic Air.

This summer Aegean will link Greece with 17 new destinations and five new countries (Jordan, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Sweden).

The company’s outward-looking policy during the crisis in Greece – i.e. from 2008 to 2013 – has seen it almost double its international passenger traffic from 2.2 million in 2008 to 4 million last year.

The airline’s plans are actively strengthening Greek tourism given that it is increasing its seat capacity to and from Germany by 20 percent compared to last year to reach 1.3 million for 2014, adding 12 new routes and flying to nine destinations in Germany from six Greek hubs.

Seats to and from France have increased by 13 percent to 563,500, while capacity on flights to and from Russia has grown by 17 percent this year as the seats available number 615,000 in 2014.

Even domestic passenger traffic, which had dropped considerably due to the crisis, is showing recovery signs, as in the year to March 25, passenger numbers grew by 125,000 from last year to reach 860,000 on the back of more competitive fares and the synergies that emerged from the acquisition of Olympic.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday March 27, 2014 (23:07)  
Germany says Greece must flesh out reforms to unlock aid
Greek yields edge up as lenders scrutinise reform pledge
Euro hurt by Greek uncertainty, dollar helped by rate outlook
Greece says not backing down on debt relief goal
Athens University calls on ities to remove anarchist protesters
The University of Athens called on the government on Monday to take action to remove anarchists who occupied the institution’s main building in the morning. The group of 20 to 30 protesters ...
Greek president says Turkish vessel must leave for Cyprus talks to resume
On his first official visit abroad since becoming Greek president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos visited Cyprus on Monday, where he backed Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’s decision last year to...
Inside News
SOCCER
Three Greek internationals injured in Budapest car crash
Three Greek international soccer players were slightly injured on Monday in a car crash as they travelled by taxi to Budapest airport following Greece's Euro 2016 qualifying goalless draw ag...
SOCCER
Improved Greece draws 0-0 at Hungary
Greece ended up goalless with Hungary in Budapest on Sunday, on manager Sergio Markarian’s debut on the national team’s bench, a result that has left Greece at the bottom of its Euro 2016 qu...
Inside Sports
INTERVIEW
Releasing migrants from detention centers not enough, says UN rights watchdog
The Greek government's shift on immigration is “the beginning of what will no doubt be a difficult process,” according to Jan Jarab, regional representative for Europe of the High Commission...
COMMENTARY
Tsipras needs rupture with far-left, not Brussels
Does Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, have the guts to break with his far-left faction? The country’s fate hangs on the answer to this question. Greece’s immediate prospects are dic...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Athens University calls on ities to remove anarchist protesters
2. Germany says Greece must flesh out reforms to unlock aid
3. Greek president says Turkish vessel must leave for Cyprus talks to resume
4. Tsipras presses allies for support as Greek cash crunch deepens
5. Three Greek internationals injured in Budapest car crash
6. Subject of many snaps, Sifis the crocodile found dead in Crete
more news
Today
This Week
1. ECB nerves fray on Greece as supervisors rile central bankers
2. Greek markets show all at risk should mistake trigger a default
3. European stock-index futures rise as investors look to Greece
4. Greece says not backing down on debt relief goal
5. Work on tram extension begins in Piraeus
6. Talks in Brussels continue but Greece and lenders 'not there yet'
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. Eurogroup unlikely to be held soon to discuss Greek reforms
3. PM faces Merkel amid race to detail reforms
4. Moscow expects progress from Tsipras visit
5. Some more equal than others
6. Greece to present reforms by Monday, says gov't spokesman [Update]
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.