Ryanair Eyes 10% Growth in Greece Next Year

Dublin-based Ryanair expects a growth of 10 percent in the Greek market next year, the carrier’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, informed on Monday, during a press conference for the airline’s Athens summer schedule for 2016.

Mr. O’Brien said that the percentage of the carrier’s planned growth would be higher if the Greek government had accepted the company’s proposals, which included Ryanair launching its 2016 flight program early — during the off-season — under the condition that airport taxes would be dropped.

However, he said that the government never replied to any of the airline’s proposals.

Ryanair’s Athens summer schedule for 2016 will include a new daily service to Berlin, extra flights to Santorini and Rhodes and 13 routes in total.

According to Mr. O’Brien, the Athens schedule will annually deliver some 1.8 million customers and support 1,350 “on-site” jobs at Athens International Airport.

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