Olympic Air was formally launched on 01-Oct-2009. The restructured former national carrier, which was acquired by Marfin Investment Group, also announced plans to create an Olympic Air subsidiary, named Macedonian Airlines, to be headquartered in Thessaloniki and to be operational in a few months. The carrier has already acquired an internationally registered trademark for the start-up carrier.
Olympic Air launches operations; to launch 'Macedonian Airlines' subsidiary within a few months
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One of Aegean's biggest structural challenges is the high degree of seasonality in its business. The summer quarters, particularly 3Q, are much more significant than the winter to its capacity and traffic and must generate sufficient profits to offset winter losses. Moreover, the extent to which Aegean depends on a strong summer is growing.
By contrast with Aegean, ultra LCC Ryanair, which is the second largest airline in Greece, is now enjoying year-round profitability and margin expansion. Ryanair is matching Aegean's overall rate of growth in Greece and gaining market share in the domestic market. Aegean is unlikely to see an end to downward unit revenue any time soon.