This increase is the result of steps taken by the company to expand its international network with 32 new international routes, as well as the further development of its activity from the bases it maintains in Athens and the country’s main regional airports.
More specifically, there was significant growth in international passenger traffic during the two-month period May-June 2013 from the company’s main bases, i.e. those locations where a significant number of aircraft are based [Athens (15%), Thessaloniki (23%), Herakleion (34%) and Rhodes (40%)], but also from bases operating just one aircraft, such as Corfu (19%), Kos (new base - 155%) and Kalamata (new base 274%), locations from which the company has achieved increased levels of activity to new destinations.
It is noted that the company’s presence in the key markets of Germany, France, Russia, Israel and Belgium has been strengthened by additional flights from its bases in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Herakleion, Corfu, Kos, Kalamata), and also that in 2013 AEGEAN introduced 32 new routes and flights to 11 new destinations: Geneva, Manchester, Lyons, Stockholm, Kiev, Baku, Berlin, Nuremberg, Hanover, Warsaw and Stansted (London).In 2013 AEGEAN will be offering a total of 160 foreign routes, more than in any other year.
Mr Dimitris Gerogiannis, Managing Director of AEGEAN, stated: «The change in international perceptions of Greece, the recognition of the quality of our company, our new flights from Athens and the regions – all these developments offer significant positive potential for our international network this year. We will continue to support the Greek economy and Greek tourism with all the resources at our disposal. On internal flights, demand remains in decline and we are doing our best to support the sector through lower and lower fares».
Aegean Airlines, a member of Star Alliance network, is Greece’s largest full-service airline, carrying 6.1 million passengers in 2012. The company invests on strengthening its international presence and on supporting the Greek tourism both in Athens and in regional airports. The Aegean fleet consists of 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft with an average age of 4.5 years. The Company operates 182 routes, 160 of which are international and 22 domestic.
In 2013, AEGEAN was ranked 'Best Regional Airline Europe' in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax for its 2013 World Airline Awards. It is the fourth time that the company has received this distinction, the previous being in 2009, 2011 and in 2012.