The upcoming merger of Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air is expected to create a strong national carrier that will contribute to the growth of Greek tourism, according to the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.
Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air recently presented their plans that will follow the merge of the two companies, during a meeting with 32 representatives from 15 Greek remote islands that has air routes covered by Olympic Air.
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines signed a definitive agreement with Marfin Investment Group to acquire Olympic Air on 23 October. The transfer of 100 percent of Olympic Air shares was completed the same day.
Greece is getting ready to attend the World Travel Market (WTM) 2013, the leading global event for the travel industry, that will open its doors on Monday 4 November at ExCeL, London exhibition center.
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines recorded passenger traffic of 3.2 million on international flights during the nine-month period of 2013, a 15 percent increase compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
2014 may be considered a "year of recovery" for Athens International Airport (AIA) in terms of passenger traffic since 150 new weekly flights are scheduled to connect the Greek capital with international destinations.
Greek travel agents were informed on the strategic options and short and long term goals of Aegean Airlines at an information event held recently by the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA).
Arrivals to Greece from all Scandinavian countries are expected to grow this year by an average 10-11 percent, the Greek Tourism Ministry concluded after the first dedicated travel and taste fair for Greece, Grekland Panorama, wrapped up in Stockholm.
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines recently reported improved financial performance for 2013. Last year, the company's revenue increased by 21 percent to 682.7 million euros. Net earnings after tax reached 66.3 million euros, compared to losses of 10.5 million euros in 2012.