Aegean outlines EX-YU service resumption


Greece’s Aegean Airlines plans to resume all of its destinations in the former Yugoslavia between July and August, as it starts rebuilding its network out of Athens. Frequencies on a number of routes will be decreased compared to last year. The airline will first reinstate operations to Belgrade and Zagreb on July 1, with four and two weekly rotations respectively. This will be followed by the resumption of its Dubrovnik service, starting July 2 with four weekly flights. The carrier will reintroduce three weekly operations to Split on July 7. All of the aforementioned destinations will be run with a mix of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. Furthermore, two weekly flights to Belgrade and one weekly to Dubrovnik throughout July remain closed for booking at this point.

On August 1, Aegean Airlines will make its return to Skopje through its subsidiary Olympic Air. Operations will be maintained three times per week with Dash 8 turboprop aircraft. Several days later, on August 3, two weekly services to Podgorica will restart with the Dash. As previously reported, Aegean has discontinued its seasonal service to Sarajevo. In early March, the airline informed the airport’s management it would not be going ahead with the seasonal route in 2020. Flights between the two cities were launched last year and were to restart twice per week at the end of May. All of the abovementioned dates and frequencies are tentative and subject to change.

Aegean has already resumed mainland domestic flights in Greece, as well as services to Crete, with the rest of the islands to follow next week, before a gradual reopening to European destinations, starting with Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich. Service to and from Brussels, the only not to be suspended during the height of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, will also be increased, the airline said. The Star Alliance member suspended almost all international operations on March 26. It expects to restore around 50% of its network by September under a “best case scenario” its Chairman said.

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  1. Anonymous09:02

    “Furthermore, two weekly flights to Belgrade and one weekly to Dubrovnik throughout July remain closed for booking at this point.”

    What does this mean?

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      It means that the flights are listed in the system but tickets can’t be purchased for them. In other words they will likely not operate or they are waiting to see what the demand will be like and will then open them if there are enough people buying tickets on other days.

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    2. Anonymous11:07

      Ah ok, thanks

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Well at least its good to see they are resuming all destinations.

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      Except Sarajevo

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    2. Anonymous09:13

      Sarajevo was cancelled pre-Covid.

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    3. Umm it was not?

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  3. Anonymous09:08

    Good to see. From what I notice JU has also scheduled flights to Athens... but it seems just 2 per week from mid June for now.

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    1. Anonymous10:19

      When is OU restarting ATH?

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    2. Anonymous11:00

      I wouldn't be surprised if they give up on DBV-ATH since demand is much lower and Aegean is being aggressive.

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  4. They must be fully booked! Otherwise they would not be in Amadeus!

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      If you are talking about the closed flights they are definitely not fully booked since its the same days that are blocked out each week for BEG and DBV. I just had a look by trying to buy a ticket. And it's not true that flights don't appear in the system even if seats are not on sale. They can be filed but they can be zeroed out.

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  5. Anonymous09:10

    They had such a beautiful and recognizable livery, and they scrapped it for this anemic ugliness. I don't get it.

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    1. Anonymous09:13

      I find the blue much nicer. It associates more with the Aegean sea and Greece. At least for me.

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    2. He has been sarcastic....plain white before and beautiful shades of blue now is incomparable!
      Good job Aegean!

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    3. Anonymous10:09

      It associates with Aurora airline from Russia:

      https://www.ruaviation.com/images/ii/1e7/ec5/1e7ec5ba6c76498226520bd27f717cb7_900.jpg

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    4. Anonymous10:20

      Pure Air New Zealand livery.

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    5. Anonymous10:32

      Copy cats all around.

      Aegean included.

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  6. Anonymous09:18

    Aegean carries quite a few transfer passengers via ATH. Considering the situation these frequencies will probably be sufficient for this summer.

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    1. Anonymous10:54

      Transfers to where?

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    2. Anonymous11:09

      Good question because Aegean's network isn't that big in the Middle East. They serve the biggest markets where they have to compete with TK. They mostly carry transfers to SKG and the Greek islands. It's beyond me why would someone fly on A3 to TLV or CAI when TK offers an incredibly better experience.

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    3. Absolutely disagree with "TK offers incredibly better experience than A3". I flew both several times and Aegean is incomparably better than TK. Aegean, at least in my case, had much better on time performance, planes are cleaner, cabin crew much more polite and much friendlier than Turks, hot meals and wide variety of drinks even on short range served even in economy, unlike TK, and cherry on the cake is base airport, Elefterios Venizelos being much better than both Yesilkoy/Ataturk, too congested and dirty, and new one, where you need public transportation to come from one to the other gate

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    4. Anonymous12:35

      I've flown with TK, and TK also offers warm meals and drinks on short flights in economy + I've been to the new airport too and I wasn't dirty when I was there, and I actually quite liked it.

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    5. Anonymous13:39

      Aegean crew speaks English.

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    6. Anonymous14:32

      I think some on here have obsessive dislike of TK. It shows up from time to time. Anyone who flew on TK knows they offer a great onboard product.

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    7. Anonymous14:48

      But not a great airport.

      Either for connecting or for reaching IST.

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    8. Anonymous16:02

      Turkish has terrible ground service

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  7. Anonymous09:19

    What about their flights to TGD? Are they coming back?

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    1. Anonymous09:23

      It says in the article...

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    2. Anonymous14:33

      It does, doesn't it?

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  8. Anonymous09:22

    What an ugly livery.

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    1. Anonymous09:24

      I think this might be one of the worst liveries in Europe.

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    2. Anonymous09:52

      https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bX6qdUPSQOg/WcZC3e-w-OI/AAAAAAAALV0/8f_AwZEQowE5K-MQQMc46iu0QkcqZTEhACLcBGAs/s1600/windrose_airlines_airbus.jpg


      i beg to differ.

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    3. Anonymous09:58

      Windrose isn't really a legacy.

      The thing is, they didn't go from a - relatively - good one into a worse one.

      That's the whole point.

      They might change it in the future.

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    4. Anonymous10:01

      If we were to include non-legacies for sure Ryanair and Norwegian would be there.

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    5. Anonymous10:35

      New Wizz livery as well.

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    6. Anonymous12:58

      I never understood why it costs so much to have a smart livery.

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    7. Anonymous12:59

      FlyDubai is an LCC yet they have a very nice livery.

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    8. Anonymous14:33

      Air Arabia as well.

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  9. Anonymous09:59

    Welcome back :)

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  10. Anonymous09:59

    Good to see they are operating Airbuses now completely to SPU, DBV, BEG, ZAG.

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  11. Anonymous10:14

    Yay!

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  12. Anonymous10:19

    Where are they deploying the neos? Is there any chance they may send it to some ex-Yu routes?

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    1. Anonymous10:50

      They are deploying them mostly to Thessaloniki, Munich and Zurich. Maybe they are sending them to some other routes but these were the first ones.

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    2. Anonymous10:58

      Nowhere in eastern Europe, not even Budapest which is a major tourist destination with booming demand. They are flying them mostly to Munich and Brussels.

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    3. Anonymous11:07

      Thanks for the info guys

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    4. Anonymous11:10

      This was their A320neo schedule before pandemic:
      Athens – London Gatwick 04FEB20 – 27MAR20 3 weekly
      Athens – London Heathrow 02FEB20 – 28MAR20 A3608/609 1 daily
      Athens – Munich 01MAR20 – 28MAR20 13 weekly

      Olympic Air service operated by Aegean A320neo:
      Athens – Larnaca 02FEB20 – 28MAR20 OA904/905 4 weekly
      Athens – Thessaloniki 02FEB20 – 28MAR20 OA110/111 4 weekly

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    5. Anonymous11:43

      That seems quite limited. How many of them do they have?

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    6. Anonymous12:19

      4 neos. Still pretty decent number.

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    7. Anonymous13:02

      @Anonymous 10:58

      Can you put on pause your mantra about Budapest being a "booming tourist destination"?

      Many cities both worldwide and regionally rank far ahead.

      Give it a break.

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    8. No it's five a320neo :SX-NEA, SX-NEB, SX-NEC, SX-NED and SX-NEO and they are expecting the first a321neo SX-NAA to arrive in June.

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  13. Anonymous11:05

    Have there been any updates on Aegean's intention to buy OU? Now seems like the right time with governments pumping millions into airlines.

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    1. Anonymous11:07

      OU privatization has been halted.

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    2. Anonymous12:24

      That story is over.

      It finished on the same way like with Lufthansa, Turkish, LOT, Garuda etc.

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    3. Anonymous14:34

      Garuda <3

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  14. Anonymous12:37

    They could have lainched some of these flights earlier. Greece is opening its borders to the following countries on 15th of June: Cyprus, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic.

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  15. Anonymous19:21

    I'm surprised Sarajevo didn't work out. Did they fly these with Q400s or Airbuses?

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  16. My parents are trying to get back to London. The website is showing flights for June 29th for Athens to London heathrow. Are these flights going to actually go or will they be cancelled.

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  17. Anonymous09:34

    Hm, this is strange: trying to book SPU-ATH in mid-July on their website but I immediately get the following message: "Flights from SPLIT to ATHENS operate from 01/09/2020 until 08/10/2020. Please change your search criteria & select alternate dates." However, Volotea is showing 1 weekly flight on this route bookable on their website. Wonder if this is going to get cancelled as well... :/
    P.S. The same searvch originating at ZAG only shows JU codeshare flights connecting in BEG. Nonstops only available as of September (?!)

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