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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Airbus Updates No.141

Aegean to replace Olympic's flights
Friday, March 25, 2011

Aegean Airlines is to increase its UK services with extra flights from Heathrow to Athens from Sunday.

The move comes two weeks after Olympic Air decided to cancel all of its UK services from the same date.

The two airlines had planned to merge but the move has been blocked by the European Union’s Competition Commission, although the companies intend to appeal the decision.

Aegean will launch a daily service from Heathrow to Larnaca in Cyprus. It will also increase its daily flights to Athens from two to four.

The airline, which is part of the Star Alliance, also plans to expand in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Russia.

The new Heathrow routes will use Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with 168 and 195 seats.

Both will have business and economy cabins.

Olympic Air is cancelling its UK services to concentrate on south-eastern Europe. It currently flies from Heathrow to Athens and Gatwick to Thessaloniki, but will drop these routes from Sunday.

Olympic is also cutting routes from Vienna, Brussels and Paris but will maintain or expand services to Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bucharest, Cairo, Istanbul, Larnaca, Sofia and Tirana. The airline will also add more domestic routes.


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