|Aegean Airlines to launch Ljubljana and Split service from June 15 and 16|
Aegean Airlines has confirmed the launch of fourteen new destinations from its hub in Athens next year including Ljubljana and Split. The new routes will compliment the carrier's existing services in the former Yugoslavia to Belgrade and Dubrovnik. Flights from Athens to Ljubljana will launch on a year-round basis from June 15, 2016 and operate twice per week, each Wednesday and Saturday. On the other hand, flights to Split will run on a seasonal summer basis starting June 16. These flights will also run twice per week, each Thursday and Saturday. Aegean will become the only airline to offer nonstop scheduled services from Greece to Ljubljana.
Speaking at a press conference in Athens yesterday, the Vice Chairman of Aegean and Olympic Air, Eftichios Vassilakis, said the airline will focus on strengthening its Athens base in 2016 with the launch of fourteen new routes and entry into six new markets. Besides Ljubljana and Split, Aegean will also introduce flights to Dublin, Nice, Lille, Naples, Bari, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Palma de Mallorca, Jeddah, Krakow and Vilnius. "Exactly two years following the acquisition of Olympic Air, we have generated significant momentum thanks to the synergies and cooperation of an excellent team of people", Mr Vassilakis said.
Earlier this month, Ljubljana Airport's Managing Director, Zmago Skobir, revealed the carrier's plans to launch services from the Greek capital. The Star Alliance member has a limited presence in Slovenia and has maintained only seasonal summer charters from Greek holiday hotspots to Maribor over the past few years. Aegean becomes the second airline to confirm new services to Ljubljana next year, joining LOT Polish Airlines. Furthermore, Aegean will introduce an additional flight to its seasonal route from Athens to Dubrovnik next summer, for a total of six weekly services. On the another hand, it will boost capacity to Belgrade by upgrading its operations from a Dash 8 turboprop to the A319/320 on four out of five of its weekly flights.