Aegean Airlines was greeted in Palermo on 21 June by an array of airport, airline and local dignitary VIPs, who all posed for a commemorative route launch photo on the apron with the aircraft. The carrier will offer a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) service on the 948-kilometre sector, with flights operated using Olympic Air Q400s.
- Aegean Airlines launched flights from Athens (ATH) to Palermo (PMO), the capital of Sicily, on 21 June. The Star Alliance member will offer a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) rotation on the 948-kilometre sector to Italy, with flights being operated by Olympic Air Q400s. Direct competition on the city pair comes from Volotea, with the Spanish LCC offering a weekly (Fridays) service using a mixture of its 717s and A319s. Palermo becomes Aegean’s second destination in Sicily from Athens, with it already operating six weekly flights to Catania based on OAG schedules. In total the carrier now operates to 12 airports in Italy from the Greek capital, offering 60 weekly departures. Along with the addition of Palermo to the carrier’s network, the Greek airline introduced flights between Santorini (JTR) and Tel Aviv (TLV) on 25 June, a 990-kilometre sector it will serve twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using its fleet of A320s. No other carrier currently flies between the Greek island and the Israeli city. The airline’s next route launch is scheduled to take place on 28 June, the day which sees the carrier inaugurate a twice-weekly service from Athens to Malaga. Following on from the Spanish addition, a 13th Italian airport will join Aegean’s network, with it planning to begin flights to Lamezia Terme from Athens on 2 July.