Aegean to begin Larnaca-Paris CDG flights

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Greece's Aegean Airlines is to begin flights from its new Larnaca base in Cyprus to Paris Charles de Gaulle and is looking to extend its operations from the Mediterranean island.

The move follows last month's purchase by Aegean of slots at both Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow from Greek flag-carrier Olympic Air, which is giving up the destinations.

Aegean and Olympic Air had planned to merge, but the proposed move was blocked by European competition regulators.

Aegean will serve Paris three times a week from 9 June with a two-class, 168-seat Airbus A320.

It has already started Heathrow services and is due to start flights from Larnaca to six new destinations in Greece, adding to two previous Greek routes.

According to Aegean vice-chairman Eftychios Vassilakis: "We considered that our presence in Cyprus had matured enough to offer not only direct flights to eight destinations in Greece but for the first time to two major European destinations."

Vassilakis adds that Aegean is interested in adding further new services from Larnaca to Western and Eastern Europe, as well as to the Middle East. It currently bases three A320s at Larnaca.