Posted on: 29 October 2015 by Mark Howells
Aegean Airlines has revealed its 2016 route network, marking a third year of strong growth.
In 2016, the carrier will fly to a total of 145 different destinations across 45 different countries, with 111 of its routes being international and the remaining 34 operating domestically. During next summer, 13 additional destinations will be launched from Athens which will bring the number of direct services to 101.
The 13 new routes from Athens are to Amsterdam, Bari, Dublin, Jeddah, Krakow, Lille, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca and Split. Extra frequencies are also planned for existing routes in all major source markets of Greek tourism as the network additions from past years continue to mature.
Besides serving Athens, the new routes will offer connection opportunities via the Athens hub to 30 Greek destinations as well as Cyprus and neighbouring countries. The number of international passengers connecting through Athens to Greece domestic in 2015 doubled versus 2014 and will exceed 1 million by year end. Aegean hopes this development will naturally continue in 2016.
These new services and others mean that approximately 16.2 million seats will be made available throughout 2016, an increase of 1.1 million from 2015. To accommodate these numbers, the airline is expecting the delivery of four Airbus A320ceos between November 2015 and March 2016. Aegean plans to operate a total of 61 aircraft next year: 47 Airbus A320/321s and 14 Bombardier Q400/100s.
Aegean's vice chairman, Eftichios Vassilakis, stated, “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 3 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 A320ceos 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.”