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Aegean reports 14% passenger traffic increase
Aegean Airlines has announced that its passenger traffic rose by 14% to 6 million passengers carried on 57,635 flights during 2008. At the same time, passengers per flight rose to 104 from 96 in 2007.
Domestic traffic increased by 9% with Aegean Airlines carrying 3.7 million passengers. International traffic rose by 24%, reaching 2.3 million passengers.
Aegean says it captured a market share of 29% at Athens International Airport, from where 65 airlines operate.
"2008 was a year of important developments for Aegean," managing director, Dimitris Gerogiannis, commented. "We launched services to London, Tirana, Limnos and Kefalonia early in the first half of the 2008. In the last quarter we launched flights to Paris and introduced new direct services from Athens to Düsseldorf. Even though we have been operating these new destinations for a short period of time, we are very encouraged and thankful for the positive customer response to our services and our efforts to improve them further.
"Up to now we have received and are operating 15 brand new Airbus A320/321s and are going to receive six more in the next four months. By May 2009, our scheduled fleet will have an average age of less than 2.5 years, giving us the opportunity to offer our customers an experience of unique quality and serve 17 of the 25 busiest international destinations being operated from Athens International Airport," Gerogiannis added.
From March 2009, Aegean will expand its network by adding five more European destinations from Athens. The airline will begin non-stop services to Brussels, Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna and Venice.
In its summer 2009 schedule, Aegean’s network will serve 47 domestic and international routes. The company’s fleet will consist of 31 aircraft and will operate more than 200 daily scheduled flights.
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