Crew and passengers arriving on Aegean Airlines’ inaugural flight from Athens were welcomed to London Gatwick with a water cannon salute.
- Aegean Airlines launched flights on the 2,400-kilometre route across the Europe from Athens (ATH) to London Gatwick (LGW), which was previously served by Olympic Airlines until the airline’s demise in late 2009, and then shortly by its successor, Olympic Air, which ultimately pulled the route in March 2010 as it reshaped its network. Aegean Airlines now offers daily frequencies on the route, all of which will be operated using A321s. The Greek Star Alliance airline will compete directly against easyJet, which it matches in terms of weekly flights. Moreover, Aegean Airlines already operates 12 weekly flights to London Heathrow, which is also served by British Airways’ 19 weekly frequencies. No other London Airport has a direct link to the Greek capital.