Airport News - Europe.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airport News Europe) Jan 22, 2012

Aegean Airlines Aegean reports strong international passenger growth in 2011. Star AllianceOs Greek member Aegean Airlines (A3) reported a 4% growth in passengers carried last year to 6.5 million, owing to strong growth on its international network. International enplanements exceeded domestic passenger traffic for the first time. Passenger numbers on its international routes rose 15% to 3.5 million, whereas passengers carried on domestic routes fell 6% to 3 million (and by 15% in the last quarter of the year). The carrier said domestic boardings declined despite promotional offers that resulted in a 20% lower domestic average fare compared to 2007. OWe invest on strengthening our international presence and on supporting the Greek tourism both in Athens and in regional airports. Within the past six years, we have managed to triple the number of passengers traveled on our international network, despite the tough economic environment in Greece, the sharp rise in fuel prices and the significant high airport fees and taxes in Athens determined by the Greek state,O MD Dimitris Gerogiannis said. Aegean operated 102 international routes from six airports in GreeceNAthens, Heraklion, Rhodes, Kos, Thessaloniki and Corfu. In response to the worsening Greek economic crisis, A3 will operate more direct international flights to/from regional airports. The investment resulted in a growth in international passengers of 37% to/from Rhodes, 23% to/from Heraklion and 10% to/from Thessaloniki to a total of 1.1 million international passengers. A3 said UK, Belgium, France, Israel and Russia markets have registered particularly high growth rates. Jan 20, 2012

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus Announces Summer Sale. Aer Lingus, the leading low cost Irish airline, has announced its sale for summer 2012. With 20% off every seat on every flight each day to the UK and Europe this summer there's a total of six million seats available to customers at a discounted fare. Including flights to popular UK destinations such as London, Manchester and Edinburgh, the sale also covers trips to European cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome. The launch of the sale follows a continuing trend of good news for the airline company, which includes the announcement that passenger numbers for December 2011 increased by 13% compared to the same period in 2010, as well as the recent launch of a number of additional summer routes. New routes for passenger flights to Europe include destinations such as Stockholm, Verona, Nice or Naples for a week on the French or Italian Riviera, with old favourites such as Palma, Ibiza and Bilbao making a welcome return. The company will also be increasing flying frequency on 13 of its current routes such as Perpignan, Faro and Zurich throughout the summer. For passengers to take advantage of the sale, all cheap flights to Europe must be booked by Monday 23rd January, with travel to be arranged between 17th April and 25th October. With the staff of Aer Lingus taking care of customers every step of the way there will also be the added benefits of advance seat selection for passengers and centrally located airports so that there isn't a wasted moment of the holiday. For Aer Lingus customers choosing to fly to the US this summer, flight deals are currently available to destinations such as New York and Orlando, with the added bonus of full US Customs and Immigration pre-clearance before boarding included. To take advantage of the US offer passengers should book by the 3rd February with travel to be arranged between the 1st April and 30th June. Notes to Editor: 20% discount applies before taxes and charges (UK and Europe) Jan 19, 2012

Airberlin Airberlin Revamps Cabins on Long-Haul Flights. Airberlin has launched the first of its long-haul fleet of A330-200s that have new seats in Business and Economy Class and a new in-flight entertainment system. Business class seats recline 170 degrees. The new economy class seats give more legroom and living space. Additional amenities such as adjustable headrests, coat hooks and pockets for magazines and books are also included. After the upgrade, the Economy Class cabin has 279 seats in total. The on-demand audio-video system provides an individualized entertainment program. The upgrade of all airberlinOs long-haul aircraft should be completed by the start of the summer 2012 flight schedule. Airberlin currently offers flights from New York, Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., nonstop to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Starting in May 2012, it will also offer service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Vancouver, Canada. Jan 19, 2012

American Airlines American will offer free drinks in coach on international flights. American Airlines will begin offering free beer and wine to coach customers on international flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The new policy takes effect Feb. 1. "Our customers asked for complimentary beer and wine, and we listened," said American's vice president of marketing, Rob Friedman. Jan 20, 2012

Blue Panorama, Seychelles Tourism Board Filling the vacuum of lost air service from Seychelles to Europe. In line with SeychellesO ongoing drive to increase air access to the country after the cessation of Air SeychellesO flights to European destinations, Alain St. Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and Bernadette Wilemin, SeychellesO Tourism BoardOs Director for Europe, held discussions with Franco C.B. Pecci, Chairman and CEO of Blue Panorama Airlines, and the companyOs Vice President of Sales, Remo Della Porta, concerning future cooperation in ensuring the success of the new Blue PanoramaOs service to Seychelles. The Italian Airline Company, Blue Panorama, has confirmed that they will start a weekly NONSTOP direct flight to Seychelles from Rome and Milan effective from February 14. From July, the airline will increase the their schedule to two weekly flights. OIn these challenging times, when cessation of service by Air Seychelles to Europe has created a vacuum of air access in certain of our core markets, it is essential that we quickly move to fill that vacuum and keep Seychelles very much in the sight of European consumers,O explained Alain St. Ange. This meeting with Blue Panorama forms part of a strategy to secure direct NONSTOP air access to Seychelles from Europe and it can now also be confirmed that...

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