Aegean Airlines says passenger traffic up 12 pct in Jan-Feb

Aegean Airlines on Wednesday said passenger traffic grew 12 pct in the first two months of 2018, totaling around 1.5 million, of which 680,000 in domestic flights (an increase of 9.0 pct compared with the same period last year) and 808,000 in international flights (up 15 pct).

The number of scheduled flights grew 2.0 pct, while flight occupancy rates grew to 81 pct from 76 pct in the first two months of 2017. Traffic from Athens International Airport grew 14 pct, while international traffic from Athens jumped 19 pct.

Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean Airlines’ CEO, commenting on the results said that 2018 began with positive performance in traffic and flight occupancy. “A gradual improvement of Athens’ tourist product, maturing in management of fares and network and our investment in strengthening and operation of the Athens airport as a hub, have contributed to a partial smoothening of seasonality. Aegean Airlines schedules 18 new destinations and 700,000 additional seats in 2018. Early indications for demand in the summer season, despite increasing competition, seemed positive”, he said.