Posted on: 05 August 2015 by Mark Howells
Aegean Airlines has announced its passenger traffic figures for July 2015, featuring a 19% increase in the number of passengers carried during the month.
Overall, the airline carried 1,473,568 passengers during the month, compared with 1,233,350 last July. The cmpany puts the growth down to its expanded network connections and to the reaction to targeted offers upon falling demand caused by uncertainty and capital controls.
The company's increase in international passengers in July was again higher than the market average at 28%, thus contributing significantly to Greece’s tourism industry and the coountry’s economy.
The increase in international traffic was highest at Athens where it rose by 37%. The increase at Heraklion was 30%, while numbers through Rhodes went up by 15%.
The company's reaction and activation with regard to the flights within Greece was also significant, since long-standing capital controls and bank closure limited to a great extent the Greeks' buying capacity and domestic tourism, which mainly supports smaller islands. Aegean still reported a traffic increase of 10% compared with July 2014, achieved with continuous promotions, more than in any other year, so that Greek passengers were able to go on holidays despite the difficult conditions. Increase of traffic to public service obligation destinations was even higher, as those destinations were supported this year with more flights and enhanced international connectivity.
"Aegean contributes with all its forces in order to support our country in these difficult circumstances, as well as to maintain its own growth potential. There are great challenges and difficulties, but tourism can once again become a driver for recovery and it should be supported,” declared Aegean Airlines CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis. “Aegean operating to 134 destinations in 45 countries, thus increasing Greece's accessibility and fulfilling a targeted offer programme, managed to increase traffic to our country, as well as domestic tourism to small islands that are especially dependent on it."