Astra Airlines picks up five domestic PSO routes from Aegean
On 1 May, the Thessaloniki-based regional carrier Astra Airlines took over four Greek domestic routes within the government-subsidised PSO scheme. Thessaloniki (SKG) is now connected with daily services to Samos (SMI) near the Turkish coast, with each five weekly flights to Corfu (CFU) and Kalamata (KLX). Additionally, Astra Airlines now flies daily from the capital Athens (ATH) to Sitia (JSH). All five routes were previously operated by Aegean, but as the all-BAe146-300 operator steps in, frequencies are adjusted. Outside of the programme, the airline launched an additional route on the same date; four weekly flights between Thessaloniki and Athens, competing with Aegean’s 54, Cyprus Airways’ 21 and Olympic Air’s 39 flights a week.