Greek Aegean Air to launch flights to Madrid, Vienna

ATHENS, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Greek carrier Aegean Airlines AGNr.AT said on Monday it would start flying to Madrid and Vienna in December.

Aegean, which competes with recently privatised Olympic Air, said it would start a daily service to the Spanish capital from Dec. 1.

A five flights a week service to Vienna will begin Dec. 10.

“Although conditions in the European air transport market are still difficult, we remain focused on implementing our strategic targets ... gradually completing the coverage of our European network,” managing director Dimitris Gerogiannis said.

Aegean, which started flights to Isnabul this month, is also bidding in the Greek government’s tender of state-subsidised routes, seeking to serve 17 mainly island destinations.

The airline carried 2.9 million passengers in the first half, an increase of 9 percent year-on-year. (Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Dan Lalor)