SKY Express: Greece’s New Olympic Air?

MarcelX42, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
MarcelX42, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – SKY Express was founded in 2005 as a small airline by former Olympic Air employees.

Today, it is one of Greece’s fastest-growing and exciting airlines. Sky Express flies to numerous destinations in Greece and Europe carrying 1.7 million passengers as of 2021.

Fleet Information & Route Expansion Plans…


With new A320neos on order, the airline is poised for further expansion.

The Airline is gearing up for aggressive expansion this summer after 2 years of COVID-19 hibernation. The following destinations have been recently added to the Sky Express’s network: London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, and Larnaca.

New destinations such as Amsterdam, Lisbon, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and Nantes, Copenhagen and Billund, Denmark, Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Rzeszów, Wroclaw, Tallinn, and Timisoara will increase the airline’s network this upcoming summer.

Sky Express dethrones Aegean Airlines to become the airline with the youngest fleet with 6 + 1 A320NEOs and 14 ATRs.

This significantly lowers the operating costs and allows the airline bragging rights to become Greece’s leading eco-friendly carrier.

The airline’s venture into greater Europe strengthens the airline’s identity and route network from the Island of Crete.

The airline has already a strong, and the largest domestic network that the company has ever witnessed, including flying on the lucrative Athens – Heraklion (Crete) route, which will position the airline even more strategically when compared to other Greek carriers.

The airline also maintains good connectivity to the island of the Dodecanese and the Ionian Islands.

Infrastructure is in Place for Success…


The airline has strategic partnerships and interline agreements with leading European, Middle-Eastern, and North American carriers of Air France, KLM, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Condor, El Al, Middle East Airlines, Transavia, Air Transat, and EasyJet.

To seamlessly facilitate easy passenger flow from abroad to major destinations in Greece or smaller islands.

Crete is experiencing a major tourism uptick from both high-end and budget holiday goers.

The airline anchors a presence on the island of Crete by introducing flights to 7 countries, 17 international cities, and 6 domestic cities to take advantage of the increase in demand.

The airline will serve Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Lille, Marseille, Havre, LaRochele, Warsaw, Rzeszów, Gdansk, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Billund, and Timisoara from the island of Crete alone.

The airline presence is championed by Stavros Arnaoutakis, the Regional Governor of Crete, who stated:

“The international promotion of Crete, the establishment of our island on the world tourist map as a center of modern international transport networks and key air transport hub in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, is part of our strategy to enhance tourism.”

“In this context, SKY express, through the extended network of flights that connect Crete with major airports abroad, as well as with airports in the country, contributes decisively to the joint effort.”

“During this year’s tourist season, the Region of Crete and SKY express will join forces to promote Crete both in Greece and abroad”.

Overall…


SKy Express deserves recognition as Greece’s most exciting airline, let alone one of the winners.

The airline experiences rapid growth since its founding in 2005 and braved through the financial crisis, and importantly COVID-19.

Through these unforeseen hurdles and events, the airline manages to expand rapidly contributing to Crete’s tourism reliant economy, as seen by the bullish expansion of its network. 

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