Aegean Airlines, based in Greece, has recently reported a substantial rise in passenger traffic for the winter period, which is typically the weakest quarter of the year for the aviation industry. This increase can be attributed to the airline’s investment in improving its services during the winter season and the country’s growing emphasis on attracting tourists during colder months.
To be more precise, Aegean Airlines witnessed a remarkable increase in passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2023, surpassing pre-pandemic levels of 2019 by 5% and showing a whopping 72% increase from 2022, with a total of 2.6 million passengers.
At the Athens International Airport, there was a significant increase of 16% in international passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2023 when compared to 2019, which was further boosted by the addition of six new direct flights to the airline’s schedule.
Furthermore, the Thessaloniki airport observed a remarkable increase of 23% in international passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2023, as compared to the same period in 2019. Additionally, there was a staggering rise of 107% in passenger traffic during the same period in 2022.
According to Aegean’s announcement, its flight schedule for 2023 will consist of a fleet of 76 aircraft, providing a total of 18 million seats, out of which 11 million will be offered for international flights. This marks an increase of two million seats from the previous year and 800,000 more seats than in 2019. The airline plans to serve 161 destinations across 46 different countries.