AEGEAN is helping to extend Greek tourism season
Greek tourism is on the up, with an extended tourist season, based on the latest figures from leading Greek airline AEGEAN, which carried 11.6 million passengers during the first nine months of 2019, reporting a seven per cent growth in passenger traffic.
This growth is almost entirely due to the company’s 11 per cent increase in international flights (700,000 additional passengers), reaching 6.8 million passengers in the nine-month period, having invested in an additional 715,000 seats.
Specifically, in Athens, which the airline’s main base, international traffic for 2019 rose by 11 per cent. During the same period, international traffic in the rest of Greece, mainly from AEGEAN bases in Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes and Kalamata, rose by eight per cent. This growth is of special significance as, with the exception of Athens, in the periphery the overall traffic is either stagnant or declining.
The systematic effort to expand the tourism season by activating the bulk of the fleet at the beginning of the tourist season, as was done this year, poses a financial risk to the company, but it is necessary both for fleet utilisation and enhancing tourism … and it ultimately yields results.
This strategy is being continued by an equally significant increase in available seats during the upcoming winter season and by the retention of more destinations. By the end of the year, the number of offered seats will reach 17.6 million, including 10.2 million seats that will be reserved for international flights.
The new AEGEAN itinerary for the summer of 2020 is expected to be announced by the end of October.