Posted on: 12 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Aegean Airlines has reported that its passenger numbers grew by 15% in 2015, with 11,650,374 customers carried, compared with 1,537,849 in 2014.
The airline noted that the much of the increase derived from the international network, where a large part of the investment in new destinations was made. The number of passengers carried on international services in 2015 rose by 24% over the number carried in 2014.
Aegean said its main hub in Athens was the “champion of the company's overall activity” last year, with 15 new destinations, meaning that the capital more than doubled its international network within two years.
Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean's CEO stated, “2015 was a challenging year; nevertheless, Aegean and Olympic Air continued investing. In the midst of the capital controls and with the banks closed, we significantly expanded our international network in new markets and we have taken delivery of four brand new Airbus Α320ceo aircraft.
“We upgraded our electronic services with a new-gen website and enhanced our loyalty programme with new benefits and services for our passengers,” Gerogiannis continued. “We never ceased to support domestic air travel, offering even lower fares, even during July amidst a frozen market. We never ceased investing in training, developing and rewarding our people, while we have increased our human resources by 700 employees since 2013 when we acquired Olympic Air and we have reached 2,850 employees in total. Thus, we achieved another year of dynamic growth, with 1.5 million more passengers and 11.6 million passengers overall.
“In 2016, we will dynamically continue our efforts in the same direction. We are obviously hoping for stability, which will allow foreign visitors to flow into our country, and the state to proceed, either itself or by providing concessions to investors, to all necessary upgrading, building of infrastructure, and establishment of regulators in the aviation sector," Gerogiannis concluded.