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Aegean Airlines

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The Bottom Line

Aegean Airlines offered the first real alternative to long-established Olympic Airlines and is winning fans and repeat fliers. Now, they have purchased beleaguered Olympic Airways which will continue to fly under its own name at least for the time being.

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Pros

  • Aegean airlines service is consistently reported as excellent.
  • Food is top-notch on Aegean and a snack is served even on short flights.
  • The Aegean fleet of planes is well-maintained with newer planes.
  • Prices are competitive.

Cons

  • Aegean Airlines is prey to widespread problems in Greek air travel, which is beyond their control.

Description

  • Aegean Airlines' fleet of planes is new and caters to the space-hungry business traveler.
  • Even on very short flights, food and drink are plentiful and automatically served.
  • The European Regions Airlines (ERA) awarded it the Gold Award for "Airline of the Year 2004/05".

Guide Review - Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines has been determined to outperform its competition. While Aegean is still prey to some idiosyncracies of Greek airspace and route assignment, Aegean Airlines has attracted many repeat flyers who find the combination of competitive prices and superior service hard to resist.

In 2013, a merger with Olympic Air finally received the necessary approvals, and from 2014 on, Olympic will be operated as a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines, with its own scheduling and branding remaining intact for the time being.

What's Up For Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines added routes to and from London via Stansted, starting in May 2008. In 2009, they added service to several new cities in Europe, including Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona and Venice. Their schedule includes Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Mytilene (Lesvos), Chios, Alexandroupolis, Mykonos, Santorini, Kavala, Limnos, Corfu, Ioannina and Kefalonia (Cephalonia). International destinations include London, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Venice, Larnaca (Cyprus), Paphos (Cyprus), Cairo, Sofia, Bucharest, and Tirana. 2013 has seen Aegean add still more international destinations.

It was expected that Aegean Airlines might take over some of the subsidized public service routes to more remote islands, but in a surprise move, the PASOK administration awarded those routes to two smaller airlines, Sky Express and Athens Air. These will possibly change again in 2014.

Reservations Line (from the US): 011 30 210 6261000. This line is answered in Greek but eventually repeats the message in English.

Within Greece: 801 11 20000

From a mobile phone/abroad:
30 210 6261000

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