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User currently offlineSergioAEE From Greece, joined Jun 2006, 45 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 1684 times:

Hello to all,

I was recenty flying out of ATH and I noticed a majour traffic increase. Since I fly often out of Athens Airport, I noticed that the Arrival boards and Departure Boards were VERY full. This was a great surprise to me because I was used to seeing the airport with "normal" amounts of traffic. Since Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, and Easyjet have all added two more flights daily to Athens, and also seeing Continental and USairways starting flights to ATH, it makes me wonder how and why ATH has become so popular lately. If I am not mistaken, if this traffic gets just a bit more dense the airport will have majour problems with the "B" non-schengen gates, as they will be FULL.

If anyone can give me some clues as to what has happened to make ATH increase its traffic dramatically, in such a short period of time, I would appreciate it.

Thank you in adance,

Sergio

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User currently offlineCYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months ago) and read 1664 times:

Good news about traffic growth at Athens. If OA were in a better financial position, ATH could become a hub linking Europe with the East since there are no major hubs nearby. The nearest I can think of to the west is Milan and to the East Dubai.

It is a pitty traffic growth is not as good as forecasted but hopefully it started picking up. Rumours say that the plans for a second terminal to the opposite site of Attiki Odos (motorway) will not be materialising soon due to the low growth up to now. Hopefully this year will prove them wrong  Wink



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27109 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 1):
Rumours say that the plans for a second terminal to the opposite site of Attiki Odos (motorway) will not be materialising soon due to the low growth up to now.

ATH is indeed growing, they seem to have a decent management team. A first for Greek aviation!!! Some good marketing campaigns by EOT coupled with economic growth and infrastructure has all helped to bring people both tourists and business to Greece. Long may it last .


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25741 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 1):
The nearest I can think of to the west is Milan and to the East Dubai.

You missed very nearby Istanbul.

THY has developed Istandbul quite sussesfully as a hub connecting East and West over the last decade, and actually has passenger volume that exceeds that of Milan Malpensa.



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

also OS has added a second plane for summer shedule, which wasluc for me as I got a ticket end of may for only 158 € in a period where usually you pay more than 400 €. but I guess the traffic increase is due to increased leisure travel.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27109 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 3):
THY has developed Istandbul quite sussesfully

True and with their entry to Star Alliance this will grow. Also TK has some pretty attractive fares.


User currently offlineSergioAEE From Greece, joined Jun 2006, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 1):
It is a pitty traffic growth is not as good as forecasted but hopefully it started picking up. Rumours say that the plans for a second terminal to the opposite site of Attiki Odos (motorway) will not be materialising soon due to the low growth up to now. Hopefully this year will prove them wrong

This is true indeed... They have plans to bump all the Extra Schengen to the satelite building and keep the main terminal and north apron for Non-Schengen. However the reason for this is because of demnad, not bring demand. The airport was built for 16Mil a year. Now its at 15+ and expected to exceed 17 by 2008. Plus rumours of an Easyjet base are being heard, for when the airport expands its capacity availability. So by the end of the decade I think were looking at a good 20+ Mil pax a year!

Sergio V


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