Aegean Airlines reveals 33 routes for summer 2021

Aegean Airlines reveals 33 routes for summer 2021

Aegean Airlines will launch 33 routes in summer 2021, with 11 having no direct competition when they begin. These additional routes will further boost the carrier’s non-stop capacity from Greece, excluding Athens, across Europe, with 2021 to be one of its best-ever years for such service.

Aegean Airlines is to begin 33 routes for summer 2021 for a total of 63 weekly flights each way when they begin.

Mykonos and Santorini get eight routes each, Corfu and Heraklion seven apiece, and three for Thessaloniki. 

11 of these 33 will have no direct competition, which will change for some routes as summer progresses. For example, both easyJet and Volotea will later join Aegean on Mykonos – Venice.

27 routes will be served twice-weekly when they begin.  Some will see higher frequencies by Aegean Airlines – and also from direct and indirect competitors – in higher summer.  For example, Heraklion – London Gatwick starts at twice-weekly and later rises to five, while Heraklion – Prague begins at once-weekly and later trebles.

Multiple markets have been served by Aegean before:

  • Corfu – Milan Malpensa (2012-2013)
  • Corfu – Paris CDG (2015, 2020)
  • Corfu – Rome Fiumicino (2012-2015)
  • Heraklion – Geneva (2015-2018)
  • Heraklion – Gatwick (2015-2016)
  • Heraklion – Malpensa (2015-2016)
  • Heraklion – Prague (2015-2016)
  • Heraklion – Vienna (2014-2016)
  • Mykonos – Fiumicino (2010, 2012)
  • Mykonos – Malpensa (2010, 2012)
  • Santorini – Fiumicino (2010, 2012)
  • Santorini – Malpensa (2010, 2012)
  • Thessaloniki – Zurich (2020)

Additionally, at city level, Heraklion – Berlin was served between 2014-2018, and Thessaloniki – Berlin in 2014.

Aegean Airlines route summary

Routing Start date Weekly frequently: in the week Aegean begins Direct competition (WF): in the week Aegean begins Indirect competition (WF): in the week Aegean begins
Corfu – London Gatwick 1 May 3 easyJet (14); BA (2) easyJet: LTN (6); BA: LHR (4); Ryanair: STN (3); Ryanair: SEN (2); Jet2: STN (2), Wizz Air: LTN (2)
Corfu – Lyon 8 May 2 Volotea (2) None
Corfu – Milan Malpensa 4 June 2 Wizz Air (4), easyJet (2); Neos (1) None
Corfu – Moscow Domodedovo 4 May 2 None None
Corfu – Paris CDG 2 May 2 None Transavia France: Orly (2)
Corfu – Rome Fiumicino 4 June 2 None None
Corfu – Venice 3 June 2 Volotea (1) None
Heraklion – Berlin Brandenburg 3 April 3 Ryanair (3); Condor (2); Eurowings (2) None
Heraklion – Geneva 7 May 2 easyJet (3); Swiss (2) None
Heraklion – London Gatwick 1 May 2 easyJet (15); BA (5) Jet2: STN (5); easyJet (3), Wizz Air: LTN (3)
Heraklion – Milan Malpensa 24 May 2 Wizz Air (4), easyJet (3); Neos (1) Neos: BGY (1)
Heraklion – Prague 15 May 1 None None
Heraklion – Vienna 8 May 2 Ryanair (2), Wizz Air (2) None
Heraklion – Warsaw 16 May 1 None None
Mykonos – Lyon 17 June 2 None None
Mykonos – Madrid 15 June 2 None None
Mykonos – Milan Malpensa 31 May 2 easyJet (9); Neos (2) None
Mykonos – Naples 3 June 2 Volotea (5) None
Mykonos – Paris CDG 1 June 2 None Transavia France: ORY (6)
Mykonos – Rome Fiumicino 31 May 3 None None
Mykonos – Venice 31 May 2 Volotea (5) None
Mykonos – Zurich 1 June 2 Edelweiss (5) None
Santorini – London Gatwick 1 May 2 easyJet (8) BA: LHR (5); Jet2: STN (1)
Santorini – Madrid 17 June 2 None None
Santorini – Milan Malpensa 28 May 2 Wizz Air (4), easyJet (3); Neos (1) Ryanair: BGY (1)
Santorini – Munich 10 May 2 Lufthansa (3); Condor (1) None
Santorini – Paris CDG 11 May 2 None Transavia France: ORY (8)
Santorini – Rome Fiumicino 28 May 2 Vueling (5) None
Santorini – Venice 28 May 2 Volotea (6) None
Santorini – Zurich 13 May 2 Edelweiss (3) None
Thessaloniki – Berlin Brandenburg 28 March 2 easyJet (7); Ryanair (5) None
Thessaloniki – Hamburg 30 March 2 Eurowings (3) Ryanair: BRE (2)
Thessaloniki – Zurich 29 March 3 Swiss (4) None
Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser. All data based on the first week that Aegean begins each route. Correct as of 20 November, but schedules and degree of competition likely to change. Note that most operators, especially easyJet, significantly increase capacity during the peak summer. 

Madrid stands out for Aegean Airlines

Madrid will see new Aegean Airlines routes from both Mykonos and Santorini, supplementing existing Athens.

At just over 2,500 kilometres each, both routes are quite long.  And both have been previously served by others. Mykonos with Vueling until 2011, and then by Iberia in 2012 and between 2018 and 2019.  Santorini by Iberia in 2011, and then again between 2016 and 2019.

Mykonos – Madrid will depart at 2145 and arrive at 0015.  Returning, it’ll leave Madrid at 0100 and arrive back at the Greek island at 0530.  Santorini is similar: 2120-2350; 0040-0510.

In 2019, Madrid – Santorini had over 14,000 passengers while Mykonos had 9,000, booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyser shows.

Aegean Airlines sixth-largest from Greece (excl. Athens) across Europe

Aegean Airlines is Greece’s top airline by seats across Europe because of its Athens hub. 

However, it falls to sixth when only non-stop capacity from Greece’s airports other than Athens is considered.  It is behind Ryanair, easyJet, TUI UK, Condor, and TUI Deutschland.

2021 is currently estimated to be Aegean’s fourth-best year in terms of non-stop seats from Greece excluding Athens, and the highest in the past four years.

Aegean Airlines’ strong increase in capacity mid-decade was the result of acquiring Olympic Air.  It was followed by much consolidation, including the elimination of multiple non-Athens, and therefore non-core, routes.  Some of these are returning next summer.

Read more: Lufthansa adds 13 routes from Frankfurt for S21; 11 are brand-new.

Aegean Airlines reveals 33 routes for summer 2021

Aegean Airlines’ big spike in capacity mid-decade was the result of it acquiring Olympic Air. It has consolidated significantly since then. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.


Comments

  1. Anthony says:

    I believe EasyJet is flying from Paris Orly to Mykonos in summer

    • James Pearson says:

      Hi Anthony. Indeed they do, but from 4 July, so just over one month after Aegean begins. Please note that the table is based on the week that Aegean starts each route. James.

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