Articles Tagged ‘Greece’

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?

UK charter traffic down 26% in just two years; Turkish market still growing but scheduled traffic growing faster

UK charter traffic down 26% in just two years; Turkish market still growing but scheduled traffic growing faster

The rise of LCCs has hit the UK charter market hard. But what have been the trends over the last two years? Who are the key remaining players and which African market was the fastest growing in 2009?


Olympic Air launches: 24 aircraft but just 10 international routes; Aegean competes on eight

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisGreece follows in the footsteps of Italy in re-launching its national carrier. But who is providing some of the aircraft for domestic operations and how tough will life be on the 10 international routes it is keeping?

For “Mamma Mia” fans Greece is the word; ‘new’ Olympic Air due for launch in October

Country AnalysisAthens is increasingly dominating airport traffic in Greece but what’s happening at the island airports? Which is growing faster – domestic or international traffic? And which two countries are top for generating in-bound tourists?

Aegean and Athens Airways providing growing competition to Olympic; Athens welcomes Air Arabia and Etihad

Article Thumbnail: Airport FocusGreece is seeing growing airline competition but which new routes have Aegean and Athens Airways started in the last year? Which LCCs serve the airport and who operates to where?