Greece’s largest carrier Aegean Airlines announced on Monday it flew 6% more passengers last year; mostly on international flights, hitting a record 13.2 million passengers.
Aegean, a member of the Star Alliance airline group, improved its load factor to 83.2% last year from 77.4% in 2016, riding on a strong tourism year.
The carrier is adding 11 new routes this year, including Basel in Switzerland, Malaga in Spain, and Palermo, Turin and Bologna in Italy.
Aegean plans to renew its fleet of mostly Airbus narrow body jets, and is currently evaluating the new generation Airbus A320neo family and Boeing’s 737MAX.
Meanwhile, Aegean has been ranked among the Top-20 airlines with the most accurate arrival time, in the world.
The Greek carrier is No.18 of the international On Time Performance (OTP) list, compiled by British air travel intelligence company OAG.