Aegean Airlines Release 38 new Routes for Summer 2015

The Greek airline has released its summer 2015 schedule to include a total of 38 new routes. The Star alliance carrier initially released 23 new routes in September, followed by a further three at the beginning of October and an additional 12 today (October 20, 2014).

Initially, the airline released new routes from Heraklion to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Geneva, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, London Gatwick, Metz, Milan (Malpensa), Nantes, Prague, Rome (Fiumicino), Stockholm (Arlanda), Stuttgart and Toulouse.

Aegean also primarily released routes from Rhodes to Amsterdam, Geneva, Larnaca, Lyon, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv and Vienna, as well as from Corfu to Paris and Rome.

At the beginning of October, the ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe 2014’, as voted by Skytrax, revealed a further three routes from Athens to Paphos and Oslo, and Rhodes to Marseille.

The final announcement, which came today, saw the release of routes from Athens to Bordeaux, Dubrovnik, Helsinki, Malta, Naples, Pisa, Preveza, Riyadh, Tallinn, Tehran, Toulouse and Yerevan.

The airline also updated the majority of its summer 2015 schedule for European service, which saw a number of increases on many of its services from Athens and Heraklion.

Aegean Airlines benefited from "stabilisation" in the Greek domestic market to register 19% traffic growth in the year's first half, says executive vice-chairman Eftichios Vassilakis.

 "When stimulated with lower fares, Greeks are beginning to have a slightly higher propensity to spend and are more likely to fly then they used to be," Vassilakis said.

Athens is a location benefitting from the extension of Aegean’s routes, with their traffic growth reaching double digits for 2014. The airport also claims to see signs that passenger numbers will exceed its pre-2008 crisis levels for the first time next year, according to Flight Global.

In the context of its ongoing development, Aegean is increasing the size of its fleet through the order of 7 new Airbus A320ceos,  equipped with the new "Sharklets" on their wings, which will be delivered directly from the manufacturer. The deliveries of the seven new aircraft will begin in June 2015 and will be completed in early 2016.