Aegean Airlines plans to launch 18 new flights, 11 new destinations and add 700,000 available seats in 2018.
Eftichios Vassilakis, vice-chairman of the airline company’s board, made the announcement during a press conference on Monday, saying that 2018 will become another year of expansion for the Greek airline in international markets.
“We expand our network with 18 new international flights, 11 new destinations from Athens and add seven new flights from regional airports. It is the first time that so many cities from main tourist markets have a direct connection with Athens, supporting both city breaks and access to our islands,” Vassilakis said.
He announced that Aegean Airlines’ management was expected to reach a decision by the end of the year to order 45-60 new aircraft, an investment of 2.5-3.0 billion US dollars for the period 2020-2025 aimed to further strengthen its fleet.
Commenting on whether the company was examining the entry of a strategic investor, Vassilakis said: “The company will always be in search of new opportunities and these come, several times, through partnerships. We are open to partnership with an extrovert orientation. There is nothing immediate, but there is always the will to discuss and if we find something in the next few years that will offer possibilities we cannot achieve ourselves, then we will consider it very seriously”.
Aegean Airlines’ new programme includes a network of 153 destinations in 44 countries with 16.6 million available seats, 700,000 more than in 2017.
The 18 new flights will cover 11 new destinations from Athens to Turin, Palermo, Bologna, Lamezia Terme in Italy, Malaga in Spain, Basel in Switzerland, Zagreb and Zadar in Croatia, Vilnius in Lithuania, Cluj Napoca in Romania and Skopje in FYROM, along with seven new flights from regional airports (Corfu-Moscow, Santorini-Tel Aviv, Mykonos-Tel Aviv, Mykonos-Beirut, Rhodes-Lyon, Rhodes-Beirut, Heraklion-Beirut).
Aegean Airlines has already upgraded its passenger lounges in the airports of Thessaloniki and Larnaca and is due to complete an upgrade of its passenger lounge in the Athens international airport. It also cooperates with Athens Tourism Partnership, Marketing Greece and the Greek Tourism Organisation in marketing actions to promote the country abroad.