Friday, October 30, 2015

Aegean to Ljubljana and Split from June 2016

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.

Flights details for the new Athens - Ljubljana service can be found here, while additional information for the Split route can be viewed here.

78 comments:

  1. Nice. Good luck to them

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  2. Pitty there was no Zagreb and Skopje

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  3. Just two flights per week? They are being really cautious.

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    1. Yeah this is a bit of a surprise. They could have done 3p/w to Ljubljana especially since they are flying with a Dash.

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    2. DBV last year was initially announced to be 2/week but before flights started they made it 4/week and next year it would be 6/week.
      So if they see that demand is there they will increase flights (provided they have spare capacity).

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  4. Go Slovenia!
    Go Croatia!

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    1. More competition from Aegean, lower profits and selling slots at London Heathrow is all bad news for Croatian Airlines.

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    2. Croatian Airlines doesn't fly to the Middle East or Cyprus like Air Serbia.
      Aegean is going after Air Serbia's markets in Middle East, Cyprus and Caucasus.
      And Air Serbia instead of responding just cuts routes and frequencies.
      Very bad news for ASL!

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    3. Where does Air Serbia fly to in the Caucasus? Croatia Airlines does fly to Greece so it will loose another market it still flies to.

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    4. It says a lot about your carrier if you think a Greek airline flying between Greece and Croatia will hurt a Serbian carrier not flying between Greece and Croatia more than a Croatian carrier flying the same exact route.

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  5. ExYu, are you sure for Czech Airlines?
    Aegean becomes the third airline to confirm new services to Ljubljana next year, joining LOT Polish Airlines and Czech Airlines.

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    1. Admin: OU flies SPU-ATH every Saturday with A319 - during summer, and it is a scheduled flight I believe.

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  6. Bad News for ASL transfer traffic. Aegean offers all ASL destinations south and east of these two cities and even more.

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    1. Anonymous October 30, 2015 at 9:12 AM is correct. Aegean offers a lot of connections to Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey and the Middle East.
      OU and JP do not fly in the area so not much harm is done to them.
      On the other hand Air Serbia is advertising heavily in Greek television.
      During October I've seen a lot more ads by JU than by A3. They surely not giving up on this market.

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    2. Do you expect they are fighting for same passengers? I do not think so. Only on this blog maybe.

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    3. Yes they are. A3 is transferring passengers from the ex-yu to the Middle East and Cyprus via ATH.
      They are ideally located and as Anon 9:12 they serve a lot more destinations in the area than ASL.
      Also I believe that Armenia and Georgia could be an option for ex-yu passengers from ATH if the connections are timed correctly.
      JU and OU need regional airplanes to connect with this markets because TK and A3 will take all the market.

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    4. With adds in Greece? You are nuts..

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    5. OU could codeshare on A3's flights to the Middle East since they are both in Star Alliance.
      And JU could also do that and expand their codeshare but EY needs to approve it first.

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    6. @ Anonymous October 30, 2015 at 10:18 AM
      The big advertising campaign and the fact that they are not reducing flights despite Aegean increasing its capacity in Belgrade shows that they are making a serious investment to this market.
      Obviously they consider it too important and they also offer good prices for destinations in the rest of Europe from Greece through Belgrade.

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    7. @MM That is my point exactly. ASL do not hunt Greeks traveling to ME like some people here assumed in their lunatic dreams.

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    8. This is not good for Croatia Airlines.

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    9. This is even worse for Serbian Airlines.

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    10. There is no Serbian Airlines

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  7. Dali neko zna zasto je Asl otkazao sinoc let iz VIE za BG? Atr72 Yu Alp je sleteo na vreme ali se nije vratio!

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    1. 50% of JU ATRs are grounded.

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    2. Again????????

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  8. Good for passengers but bad for both OU and JU who transfer passengers from the Dalmatian coast and Slovenia to ATH through ZAG and BEG.
    A3 is a strong player.

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    1. Bi-weekly flights aren't enough to offer any meaningful connectivity.

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    2. Correct but DBV was initially to by double weekly but they quickly increased it and it is going to be 6/weekly next year.
      And also even double weekly is still a better option than nothing.

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  9. Aegean is also launching flights to Brest next year from ATH.
    http://tinyurl.com/ngu3jzs

    15 new destinations with one go and at a country with an economy in a very deep recession.
    Both Kucko and Kondic should learn a think or two by them.

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    1. According to the link you posted, the route is not from ATH but from HER.
      I would like to point that A3 is in no way similar to OU or JU. O&D traffic is so much bigger and it has a network that spans several destinations in the Caucasus and Middle East regions that make no sense for OU and JU, and so the can capture more traffic that way.
      Unfortunately, I haven't had the pleasure of flying JP or OU. I did fly Air Serbia and Olympic this year (which is Aegean's subsidiary in the domestic and closest regional markets) and both products are great. Sincerely, I don't get the hate to JU, and also don't get the criticism. It's a company that has grown a lot in the last two years and has to consolidate its actual offerings. I get that they haven't got the best schedule and they should, being that they aim to atract connecting passengers in the whole region, and probably they could use a couple more ATRs to strengthen the closest destinations and offer more frequencies, and probably they could work in several other areas, but it doesn't have to be perfect from the start.

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    2. @ 10:10 PM
      Naravno da ASL moze profitabilno da leti na svim novim Destinacijama koje je A3 objavio i na Kaukasusu i na Srednjem Istoku samo sto se jako sporo radi to je velika mana u celij drzavi ali se polako popravlja .
      INN-NS

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    3. I know, I'm just saying that people should realise that running an airline is not just opening routes one after another, and that there is a long process involved in it. I personally think that Air Serbia has an enourmous potential and has taken a "break" in order to better arrange all of the services that is currently offering.
      However, I'm not sure about them opening routes in the short term to the Caucasus. As of now, Serbian nationals are allowed to enter without a visa in Georgia. There is VOA in Armenia, but Azerbaijan, requires a visa. The other way round is even tougher, as Georgian, Armenian and Azeri citizens require visas to visit Serbia. I personally think that in order to open a succesfull route this requirements shouldn't exist, and especially in the case of JU, which is, right now, a small carrier which aims to become a regional leader. In my opinion, in order to do so, every route to be opened should have few if any obstacles to work properly.
      As I stated before, and agreeing with you, I know that this things don't go quick.

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    4. @10:10AM - Can you explain to us why opening routes to the Caucasus would be a bad idea for JU?

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    5. you failed on test? obviously.

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    6. No, i think that you failed miserably in every possible way in running the airline and are hated by almost all the employees. Let's not forget that you even can't read or write Serbian.

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    7. @Aэrologic I also wrote 2:14PM where I explain why. I think that a major carrier can afford opening international routes in which citizens of one or both countries involved need visas to reach their destination. I think that the base for airline routes should be in most cases O&D passengers or at least try to lure as much passengers from the countries involved to fly that route, maybe even creating a market (even a small one, but useful anyway) out of availability. I also pointed that it is not an idea JU should consider in the short term.
      I think they should fulfill their goal of 2x daily to current markets, as well as some other possible destinations in Europe before having enough feed to support those Caucasus routes.

      @3:58PM Is that comment directed to me?

      Sorry that I posted this replying other topic...

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    8. You should take a few classes at Mr. Vassilakis if you pass the admission tests, hahaha :D

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    9. To je cista glupost da nebi bilo profitabilno nebi oni dolazili na turizam u srbiju nego dalje preko BEG za Evropu i USA . To se odnosilo kad sam pricao i o INN da bi mogli iz tog regiona da pokupe dobar kajmak ali ocigledno nisu zaintresovani prava je steta .
      INN-Ns

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    10. @INN-NS JU still doesn't fly to USA. I don't care about announcements, I care about facts and JU isn't capturing any traffic to USA because it simply does not fly there.
      I am stating in all my posts that JU could fly to that region once its current offerings are consolidated. And I mean 80%+ LF and attractive connection times. JU is doing great work but they must remain cautious.

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  10. Just to clarify: A3 is planning to use OA equipment on flights to LJU and SPU?

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    1. I think so, yes.

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    2. DH8C for SPU
      A320 for LJU

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  11. Ništa kontra Splita...

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    1. split already has 8 new confirmed routes for next summer season...and big players are yet to announce their roster, there are still many destinations that would be great and now missing (Dublin, Madrid, Istanbul, whole Poland...), pity that CA is in shity state..,

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    2. Go Hrvatska, go Split!

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  12. OT: Pad profita CTN za prvi devet meseci u odnosu na lani.
    http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/region.php?yyyy=2015&mm=10&dd=30&nav_id=1057285

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    1. This is very bad news for Croatia Airlines.

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    2. Correct everything is BAD news for Croatia Airlines at the moment.
      The only GOOD news would be firing their Ceo.
      Mr.Kucko.
      That would give back the reliability of the company.

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    3. Prodaće se jos nesto.. biće profita ;)

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  13. I hope Aegean will somehow manage to start flights to Skopje and leave the politics on side, it will be win-win situation for both passengers and the airline. Also I think they can easily maintain flights both Skopje and Thessaloniki and over the summer to some of their islands.

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    1. +1
      Also SJJ and of course ZAG could support flights to at least ATH.
      Skopje with the improvements to the road network is a 3.5 hour drive from Thessaloníki so most people drive instead of fly.
      Same situation with Tirana, big improvement in the road network and flying were no longer the best option

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  14. The duration of the flights are remarkable. ATH-LJU is 1h50, return 1h45 whereas the much shorter SPU service is planned with 2h00 and 1h50. Both to be operated with same a/c model. Imho that shows A3 calculates extra 15mins on each leg to/from SPU due to the typical heavy seasonal congestion.

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    1. SPU needed the new terminal two years ago. The situation gets chaotic at times.

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  15. Aegean went from flying to 28 international destinations from Athens in 2013 to 71 international destinations just 3 years later!
    That is amazing if you think of how bad the country's economy is.
    Great management.

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    1. How are their finances doing? I mean Aegean's?

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    2. In 2014 it had the biggest profit margin from all full service carriers in Europe!
      http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/europes-airlines-underachieve-in-profit-margins-but-lccs-typically-perform-better-than-fscs-217527

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    3. Cash reserves on 30/6 were 320mil. euros and keep piling up..

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    4. Correct, also they have zero debts!

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    5. And a very undervalued stock, could easily hit 10euros if situation in Greece was better.

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  16. On topic, WHERE IS NEMJEE?
    These news are made for him.

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    1. I am here. I told you this was going to happen. All well run airlines expand, grow and improve as time goes by.

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  17. According to Aegean's vice chairman Mr Vasilakis, DBV-ATH went well from long haul originating visitors that combined holidays in both DBV and greek islands flying A3 via ATH. That was his explanation while announcing ATH-PMI targeting exact same passengers.

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  18. OT: If you are using Chrome web browser to read Ex Yu Aviation and had it with "bad news" comments, search for XKCD extension at the Chrome web store. It's free, easy to use and allows you to substitute words or expressions web page. For example, I asked XKCD to substitute phrases like "bad news for Air Serbia" with "great news for Air Serbia" and comments now look much better! Highly recommended!

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    1. This is fantastic!
      Vučić could use that extension too if it substitutes phrases like "JU fails in BUD" to "JU flies to JFK".
      He would also be very happy!

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    2. Αnon 5:03
      +1000
      LOL!

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    3. really going off off topic with this, but changes made with this tool are visible only to that person and no one else. it doesn't allow you to moderate ex yu aviation site for everyone, just yourself ;) kinda opposite of what every politician wants ;)

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    4. It is enough for AV.

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  19. Aegean Bravo,just waiting to fly from Cyprus to Split .....

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  20. I wonder if Aegean would consider INI. They could capture passengers from Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, while getting a good deal from INI. perfect for Olympic's Q400.

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    1. I think ZAG, SJJ and SKP are bigger priorities.

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  21. @ ex-YU: your timetable for ATH-LJU isn't correct:
    320 is operating this route i/o DH4

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