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Air Mediterranean Links Athens with Europe, Middle East and Africa

By Nikos Krinis

Air Mediterranean owner, George Hallak, with Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.

Air Mediterranean owner, George Hallak, with Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.

Athens-based Air Mediterranean is gearing up for the launch of its first flights from Athens International Airport (AIA).

The airline on Tuesday announced the launch of new scheduled direct routes between its Athens hub and six destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, namely London (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Baghdad (Iraq), Casablanca (Morocco) and Khartoum (Sudan).

“We are all excited to bring the world to Greece and bring Greece to the world, or as we fittingly like to say: Fly Mediterranean Hospitality Around the World,” the carrier’s director, Andrew Hallak, said during an event in Athens.

As of November 2, the Greek carrier will be flying from Athens to London, Stockholm and Baghdad.

In early December, Air Mediterranean will introduce direct flights connecting the Greek capital with Jeddah, Casablanca and Khartoum.

‘Greece offers many advantages’

Air Mediterranean Director Andrew Hallak with the airline's staff and Greek singer Helena Paparizou.

Air Mediterranean Director Andrew Hallak with the airline’s staff and Greek singer Helena Paparizou.

According to Hallak, Greece offers an airline with Air Mediterranean’s vision, many advantages.

Air Mediterranean Director Andrew Hallak.

Air Mediterranean Director Andrew Hallak.

“Our hope is to utilize Greece’s strategic location as a centralized European hub conveniently connecting East and West, and North with South. Athens is perfectly situated in the center of it all, literally connecting Europe, the Middle-East and Africa,” he said, adding that Athens International Airport is the perfect hub for the airline’s base as it offers the infrastructure and support needed for a growing airline “with our vision”.

‘Creating connections all year round for under-served routes’

Air Mediterranean's director, Andrew Hallak, and CEO, Fadi-Ilias Challak.

Air Mediterranean’s director, Andrew Hallak, and CEO, Fadi-Ilias Challak.

Speaking to GTP Headlines, Hallak said that all connections will be all year round.

“The concept here is to establish a connectivity throughout the year, as it is not just banking on the summer peak season, but it is creating convenient connections all year round for under-served routes,” he said.

According to Hallak, the airline is starting off with the six destinations and “perhaps a couple of surprises” and towards the end of March the aim is to increase frequencies and also introduce new routes as well.

“Our idea is to start off with these destinations, increase frequencies and also introduce new routes… That will be the same concept year after year, to introduce routes, grow the routes and introduce new routes,” Hallak told GTP Headlines.

“We are looking to reach places that we feel perhaps are underserved.. We are looking forward to be able to serve these markets,” he added.

Owned by entrepreneur George Hallak, Air Mediterranean operates a fleet of two Boeing 737 aircraft. On November 15, the company will receive another aircraft.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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