Aegean Airlines passenger numbers rise as the summer season kicks into gear
Greece’s largest Aegean Airlines has reported an 8% rise in passenger numbers on both domestic and international routes from April-May compared to this time last year as the summer season gets underway. Aegean, a member of the Star Alliance group, has one of the youngest fleets in comparison to other major European airlines.
Chief Executive Dimitris Gerogiannis was optimistic that the summer season would continue well. “The strong investment in the Athens network, coupled with strong demand for (flights) to Greece this year, have yielded a very good start to the summer season,” he said in a statement.
A total 2.1 million passengers were reported in the two-month period and passenger traffic on international routes grew 15% year-on-year to 1.2 million. The statistics echoed that of the general rise in tourist numbers so far this year.
The commercial side of Aegean was established in 1999 and the airline generated revenue of over €1bn in 2016. It plans to increase its fleet to over 70 aircraft in the coming years allowing it to carry up to 19 million passengers as a result.