Articles Tagged ‘Greece’

What does Aegean Airlines gain from Olympic Air merger?

What does Aegean Airlines gain from Olympic Air merger?

Well, they got there in the end. Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have been given permission by the EU to merge, though apparently both airlines will continue with their own branding for now. We look at the differences in the networks of the two airlines, and see how much competition there is on the key […]

Aegean Airlines and Ryanair account for almost half of over 100 new routes at Greek airports this summer

Aegean Airlines and Ryanair account for almost half of over 100 new routes at Greek airports this summer

With political instability in Egypt, this could be a surprisingly good summer for many Greek airports, as airlines launch new summer sun routes to ‘safe’ destinations. We reveal which airports and airlines have been busiest welcoming and launching new Greek services, and show how passenger numbers have developed since 2009.

Greece's tourism airports doing reasonably well this summer helped by over 80 new services from Europe's LCCs

Greece’s tourism airports doing reasonably well this summer helped by over 80 new services from Europe’s LCCs

Tourism is critical to the ailing Greek economy so what do passenger figures for July for the country’s airports tell us about the industry? How seasonal is demand, which airports are shrinking, which are growing, and which of Europe’s LCCs have been particularly busy launching new services?


blu-express focuses on Greece for summer expansion

blu-express focuses on Greece for summer expansion

Italian LCC blu-express is based in Rome and serves some 30 destinations with the help of its parent company Blue Panorama Airlines. But which routes see capacity cutbacks in June, July and August to make way for the seasonal routes to Greece, Spain and Turkey?

Olympic Air leaves Western Europe; becomes regional airline

Olympic Air leaves Western Europe; becomes regional airline

The Greek airline created in 2009 has gradually moved out of the Western European market, but which country markets has it departed from and when? And which is the final route the airline now drops? Where has Olympic instead added routes to?

International traffic at Greek airports up 15% in June; tourism gets major boost from uncertainty in North Africa, Ryanair routes

International traffic at Greek airports up 15% in June; tourism gets major boost from uncertainty in North Africa, Ryanair routes

Greek airport traffic may be down in the first half of 2011 but there is cause for optimism in the figures for May and June. Which airports are growing fastest and just how many routes do the likes of easyJet and Ryanair now operate to the country?


Only two out of 34 European countries report fall in demand in first half of 2011; Estonia leads way with 37% growth

Only two out of 34 European countries report fall in demand in first half of 2011; Estonia leads way with 37% growth

Yes, it’s time for one of our famous mega-analyses revealing how Europe’s airports have performed in the first half of 2011. Which two countries have seen traffic declines? How are Europe’s five biggest markets performing and what’s the average growth across all markets?

UK – Athens market about to welcome Hellenic Imperial to Gatwick; easyJet adding Edinburgh link in September

UK – Athens market about to welcome Hellenic Imperial to Gatwick; easyJet adding Edinburgh link in September

Hellenic Imperial has announced plans to serve London Gatwick from Athens with widebody aircraft later this summer, but how have passenger numbers developed between UK airports and the Greek capital since 1995? What have been the key capacity, frequency changes in the market during that period?

Aegean/Olympic merger denied due to domestic dominance; but how monopolistic are other domestic EU markets?

Aegean/Olympic merger denied due to domestic dominance; but how monopolistic are other domestic EU markets?

So the EU has thwarted plans to create a single major Greek airline because of the resultant lack of domestic competition. But how do other European domestic markets compare? Which country is currently the most monopolistic? And the least?


Prague-based LCC SmartWings adds Antalya, Nantes, Nice and Pescara for S11; Icelandair now minority shareholder

Prague-based LCC SmartWings adds Antalya, Nantes, Nice and Pescara for S11; Icelandair now minority shareholder

It has been around since 2004 but smartWings still only operates two aircraft in its own colours. Whose aircraft does it use the rest of the time? Which are its biggest country markets this summer and which destinations does it no longer serve?

Aegean/Olympic merger would dominate Greek domestic market but would still have less than 50% of international scheduled capacity at Athens this summer

Aegean/Olympic merger would dominate Greek domestic market but would still have less than 50% of international scheduled capacity at Athens this summer

So Greece’s two biggest home carriers want to merge. Should competition authorities be concerned? We take a look at what impact this might have in both the domestic and international market.

Ryanair finally embraces Greece; Allegiant moves in on Myrtle Beach; Flydubai adds two new routes; Tel Aviv attracts new airlines; airBaltic finds Finland fertile

Ryanair finally embraces Greece; Allegiant moves in on Myrtle Beach; Flydubai adds two new routes; Tel Aviv attracts new airlines; airBaltic finds Finland fertile

Finally, Ryanair is starting to serve Stelios’ home market but with initially just 12 weekly flights. Allegiant is developing Myrtle Beach as a new focus city and airBaltic sees growth opportunities in Finland. And which carriers are adding Tel Aviv to their summer networks?