German aviation company Lufthansa Group saw year-over-year passenger growth to Greece in 2017 of 12 percent and expects a similar increase to the country in 2018.
“This reflects the growing demand for popular Greek destinations and the tourism dynamic of Greece,” Lufthansa Group General manager Passenger Sales Greece & Cyprus, Konstantinos Tzevelekos, said on Wednesday.
Speaking during a media event in Athens, Tzevelekos said that Lufthansa’s seat capacity for Greece rose by six percent, which proves that “the strategic decisions of the Group are in the right direction”.
According to Tzevelekos, for summer 2018, the Group’s network has been enhanced with new routes to and from popular Greek destinations.
Lufthansa Group operates in Greece with five airlines (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings), has a presence in 20 Greek airports and offers 443 direct flights per week to 17 European destinations.
New routes for Summer 2018
Τhis summer, Lufthansa will launch a new route connecting Santorini to Frankfurtroute and SWISS will launch a Kalamata – Geneva route.
Austrian Airlines will introduce 12 new routes this summer, while Brussels Airlines for the first time will connect Brusselswith Corfu, Zakynthos, Chania, Kos, Mykonos, Kalamata and Santorini. Lufthansa Group’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings this summer will offer 18 new connections from Corfu, Heraklion, Kos and Rhodes to airports in Germany and Austria. Edelweiss, a subsidiary of SWISS, will link Chania and Samos to Zurich this year.
Tzevelekos also referred to Lufthansa’s Business Lounge at Athens International Airport (AIA), which promotes Greek products to visitors. On his part, Lufthansa Group Senior Director Sales Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe Peter Pullem presented the Group’s strategy, which is based on three main pillars: Premium Hub Airlines, Point-to Point Airlines and Airline Services.
This summer, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are offering a total of 15,415 flights per week to 308 destinations in 103 countries.
He referred to the group’s positive financial results in 2017 and added that last year was a landmark year for our Group with significant distinctions.
“Lufthansa became the first airline in Europe to receive five-star certification from the British Skytrax Airline Consultant,” Pullem said.
Referring to Lufthansa’s brand refresh, including a new aircraft livery, Pullem said that the Group “is more modern than ever”.
Moreover, he said that Lufthansa continues to invest in new, more efficient aircraft, while advancing investment in personalizing and digitizing its services and products.
As part of its brand refresh, Lufthansa has launched the #SayYesToTheWorld campaign that also includes a contest, valid until April 15.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group serve 343 destinations in 103 countries, offering 15,415 flights each week. The total fleet of the Group consists of approximately 728 aircraft (December 2017), while new aircraft arrivals will continue until 2025.