AEGEAN carried more than 5 million passengers in total during the period January – May 2023, recording a 50% increase in passenger traffic compared to the corresponding period of 2022, while it also exceeded the passenger traffic of the corresponding pre-pandemic period, confirming the positive outlook for demand to the country, which had initially emerged during the first quarter of the year.
In particular, AEGEAN’s international passenger traffic to and from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is up 65% compared to 2022 and 12% compared to 2019.
For the same period, international passenger traffic from Thessaloniki’s “Macedonia” airport is particularly enhanced, reaching 72% compared to the previous year and 30% compared to 2019.
This increase was due to both the overall expansion of AEGEAN’s activity with new routes abroad, as this year it operates with the largest international network of destinations in its history, and the strengthening of the frequency of flights, from very early on existing routes such as those to Italy, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
It should be noted that with the start of the summer season, which began earlier than any other year, direct flights from Athens to Bristol, Birmingham, Riga and Lille, direct flights from Thessaloniki to Barcelona and Cologne, as well as direct flights from Chania, Ioannina, Mykonos, Rhodes and Kalamata to Tel Aviv were launched.
In the coming days, 9 new routes from/to Athens (Ljubljana, Dammam, Newcastle, Seville, Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Newcastle, Newcastle, Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Cuba, Pisa, Palma di Majorca and Split), 3 new routes from/to Thessaloniki (Venice, Yerevan and Tbilisi), while at the same time, 5 routes from/to Heraklion (Vienna, Marseille, Larnaca, Tirana and Belgrade) and the route connecting Rhodes with Belgrade return to the schedule after the winter break.
As a reminder, AEGEAN will offer a total of 18 million seats in 2023, including 11 million international seats, 2 million more than in 2022 and 800 thousand more than in 2019.
The airline will operate to 165 destinations in 46 countries with 272 direct routes from a total of 10 bases in Greece and abroad, with a fleet of 76 aircraft including the brand new Airbus A320 and A321 neo.