AEGEAN on Wednesday released figures for the month of November and underlined its commitment to contribute to the extension of the tourism season in Greece during the winter months.
According to the data, AEGEAN and Olympic Air welcomed 969,000 passengers onboard their aircraft in November 2018, which is up by 10 percent compared to the same month in 2017, a growth mainly driven by increased traffic in the carrier’s international network. Last month saw the company’s international traffic to Greece grow by 18 percent compared to the same period last year, with the group carrying 555,000 passengers.
AEGEAN’s international traffic from Athens grew by 15 percent in November, with the group maintaining – for the first time during the winter season – routes and frequencies mainly in France, Italy and Germany (in Nice, Marseilles, Bologna, Basil, Venice, Catania among other cities). “…Thus contributing to the extension of the tourist season,” the airline said in an announcement.
The company’s CEO, Dimitris Gerogiannis, underlined that extending the tourist season in Greece is crucial and requires investments in hotel accommodation, infrastructure and services, which could also support local employment.
“AEGEAN contributes to this effort by investing in its network expansion during the winter season,” Gerogiannis said, adding that coordinated efforts are required by the state and all interested parties in order to ensure further effective results.
Moreover, international traffic out of the carrier’s regional bases grew by 30 percent in November, with AEGEAN operating for the second consecutive year, direct flights during the winter season from Heraklion, Crete, to 11 destinations in Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and Norway, through its cooperation with German tour operators, which will continue until April 2019.
Meanwhile, passenger traffic in the domestic network remained at last year’s levels due to AEGEAN’s fare promotional activities and efforts to support connected traffic, and despite the operation of five other carriers (three Greek and two foreign) in the domestic market.