As announced by the airline’s commercial director David O’Brien during a recent press conference, Ryanair will launch new routes from the Greek capital to Mykonos (five per week), Corfu (three per week), Malta (three per week), Bucharest (one daily) and Bologna (four per week) as part of its summer 2016 Athens flight schedule.
The launch of the low-cost carrier’s Athens flight schedule for next year also sees extra flights from Athens to Thessaloniki (from six to seven per day), Rhodes (from one to two per day) and Santorini (from two to three daily).
In total, Ryanair will operate 19 routes from Athens International Airport (AIA), including the already announced routes from Athens to Berlin (one daily) and Dublin (three per week). The routes will operate from Ryanair’s Athens base via five aircraft.
According to the airline, the summer schedule is expected to deliver 3.4 million passengers per year and support 2,550 on-site jobs.
According to Mr O’Brien, Ryanair expects to transfer to Greece some six million passengers through four bases and 103 routes in 2016. He underlined that the airline’s aim is to gradually fly 10 million passengers to Greece.
Mr. O’Brien also noted that the company’s “rapid growth proposals” to the government — to launch more flights to Greece in exchange for cheaper airport fees — are still available.