Aegean Airlines announced on Thursday plans to strengthen its fleet and flying schedule up to the end of 2014, following the absorption of Olympic Air, which will lead to annual cost savings of 35 million euros, mostly from merging the two carriers’ administrative operations.
Despite the reduction of administrative staff, the expansion of the company will lead to the creation of new jobs in its flying section, so that within one year the company will employ about the same number of people as Aegean and Olympic had before their merger (2,090 in total), Aegean’s Vice President Eftichios Vassilakis told a press conference in Athens yesterday.
The carrier’s plans for next year concern the addition of five new aircraft to its fleet, taking its total to 50, while its hubs in Greece will climb from seven to eight.
Vassilakis also announced the addition of 15 new destinations to Aegean’s flying schedule from Athens for 2014, taking its total number of destinations from Athens International Airport to 47.
The new services will include flights to Birmingham in Britain, Marseille and Nantes in France, Zurich in Switzerland, Hamburg, Hanover and Nuremberg in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, Catania in Italy, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Beirut in Lebanon and Paphos in Cyprus. The company is also examining the possibility of flying to Stockholm in Sweden or Oslo in Norway, to Ljubljana in Slovenia and to Dubrovnik in Croatia.
In total, 45 to 50 new flights will be added to the 2014 schedule, taking Aegean and Olympic’s total services to over 250.
There will be at least 205 international routes and 47 to 50 domestic ones served, Vassilakis announced.