Aegean’s sees impressive traffic growth during summer 2015

The first three quarters of 2015 (January to September inclusively) has seen Aegean Airlines’ passenger traffic increase to 9.2 million, which is 17% more compared with the same period in 2014.During the summer tourist period between July and September, Aegean and Olympic Air flew 4,267,754 passengers, 696 thousand (or 19%) more than the 3,571,569 passengers carried during summer 2014.Most of this growth came from international flights. Between July and September, Aegean’s international traffic grew from 1,820,975 in 2014 to 2,358,122, in 2015, an increase of 29%.From July to September 2015, the company saw an increase in regional traffic despite the fact that the majority of Aegean’s new destinations fly from Athens, with the number of passengers carried from Heraklion and Rhodes rising 31% and 30% respectively. Aegean attributes this to its investments in additional direct connections. In 2015, Aegean connected Heraklion to 45 international destinations in 21 countries and Rhodes to 35 international destinations in 19 countries with direct flights, which Aegean claims to be behind increased tourist traffic in Greece by 50% this year.Aegean’s domestic traffic between July and September 2015 grew by a lesser 9% from 1,750,594 in 2014 to 1,909,632, with the increase in traffic to remote areas proving particularly significant. Passengers flying to Skiathos grew by 60%, to Zakynthos by 51%, to Naxos by 43% and finally to Milos by 38%.Aegean's CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, remarked, "We are proud that Aegean was able to provide growth, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, through new connections and new aircraft both from the base in Athens, and in particular from Crete and Rhodes, which have suffered the effects of the crisis in Russia. We contributed almost 50% of the additional international traffic to Greece in 2015. “This also applies to remote areas, where through more flights, enhanced connectivity and low-fare offers we provided effective support to these areas, which have been more severely affected by the drop in the purchasing power of Greek consumers. Nevertheless, it is necessary that the State intervene as soon as possible on issues relating to air navigation and the upgrade of infrastructures in small airports. The system is self-financed and the return on small investments that can be carried out in little time will bring about prompt multiplier effects.”

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