Four airlines share subsidized routes

After a considerable delay, given that the tourism season started in late March, the airlines to fly the country?s 24 subsidized air routes were finally announced on Wednesday, with the contracts split between four companies.

Olympic Air will operate 13 routes, including those to Paros, Milos, Naxos and Skiathos, Astra Airlines will undertake five, including the Thessaloniki-Corfu and Athens-Sitia (eastern Crete) routes, Sky Express will run another five, including Alexandroupoli-Sitia, and Aegean Airlines has just one, the Athens-Skyros service.

Aeroland Airways and Minoan Airlines were left out of the last phase of the tender for the unpopular routes that the state subsidizes and the Civil Aviation Authority allocates. The contracts run till March 2016.