Air Mediterranean launched its first ever service on 2 November, a 2,406-kilometre sector from Athens to London Stansted. Seen at UK capital city airport launch celebration are: Mats Sigurdson, Aviation Director, London Stansted; Martin Jones, Commercial Director, London Stansted; George Hallak, Owner, Air Mediterranean; and Paul Argyle, MD Flight Directors. The airline will serve Stansted four times weekly on its 737-400s.
Air Mediterranean launched a second route on 2 November, a 2,451-kilometre link from Athens to Stockholm Arlanda. Among the airline’s delegation to fly on the first service to Arlanda was Fadi Hallak, CEO of Air Mediterranean (third right). The airline will offer four weekly flights from Athens.
- Air Mediterranean, Europe’s newest carrier, commenced its first operations on 2 November by starting two routes from its Athens (ATH) home, linking the Greek capital city to London Stansted (STN) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). Commenting at the launch of the 2,406-kilometre link to the UK capital city, George Hallak, Owner of Air Mediterranean, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first scheduled services from Athens. We expect the routes to be a remarkable success.” Both Stansted and the 2,451-kilometre sector to Arlanda will be served by the airline four times weekly, with UK operations going head-to-head with Ryanair’s 11 weekly flights, while service to the Swedish capital city will go up against Aegean Airlines (three weekly flights), SAS (three) and Norwegian (weekly). On 3 November, Air Mediterranean launched its third route from Athens, a 1,902-kilometre connection to Baghdad (BGW), a sector it will operate weekly (Fridays). Unlike Stansted and Arlanda, services to the Iraqi capital will see no direct competition. All three routes will be flown on Air Mediterranean’s fleet of 737-400s, of which the airline currently has two. Along with the services launched by the airline this week, it also plans to commence routes to Casablanca (scheduled to launch 1 December), Erbil (currently not bookable), Jeddah (6 December) and Khartoum (2 December) according to its online booking engine.