During World Routes 2019, the biggest global networking route development annual forum, (Adelaide, September21-24) Athens International Airport received one more significant distinction, voted by airlines as “Highly Commended” in the competitive 20-50 million passengers category.
Compliments on Athens’ submission were received from the airline judges on the airport’s impressive 11% rise in traffic in 2018 to more than 24.1 million passengers. The airport secured 62 new routes during last year and welcomed four new airlines. Volotea and Ellinair opened bases, while Ryanair started 21 sectors and AEGEAN commenced 15 new routes. 13 carriers also added capacity across 34 routes. Praise was also received for Athens’ multi-awarded incentive scheme, which comprises 13 different elements, and covers “any possible type of route development from home-based airlines, LCCs or visiting carriers”.