Lufthansa expects double-digit growth rates in passenger traffic to Greece in 2018

Lufthansa on Thursday reported a 12 pct increase in its passenger traffic to Greece in 2017, compared with 2016, reflecting increasing demand for popular Greek destinations and said it expected traffic to grow at similar levels this year.

Lufthansa Group officials, speaking to reporters in Athens, presented the latest developments in the Group and stressed that the German airline achieved a 6.0 pct increase in seat occupancy in 2017. They noted that strategic decisions of the Group were moving towards the right direction and also that Lufthansa had added new flights to Greece for the summer period.

Constantinos Tzevelekos, Lufthansa Group sales manager for Greece and Cyprus, said the group has established activities in Greece with five airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings), in 20 Greek airports and offers up to 443 direct flights per week to 17 European destinations. He said Lufthansa will launch the Santorini-Frankfurt flight, Swiss will add Kalamata-Geneva in its programme, Austrian Airlines will present 12 new flights while Brussels Airlines will link Brussels with Corfu, Zakynthos, Chania, Cos, Mykonos, Kalamata and Santorini for the first time. Eurowings, the low-cost airline, will offer 18 new flights, connecting Corfu, Heraklion, Cos and Rhodes with German and Austrian airports, while Edelweiss – a subsidiary of Swiss – will connect Chania and Samos with Zurich.