Aegean Airlines shrinks loss in second quarter, sales jump

An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320-200 aircraft takes off from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo

ATHENS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Aegean Airlines (AGNr.AT) on Friday posted a smaller second-quarter loss that a year earlier as Greece's largest carrier saw traffic more than double.

A net loss of 33.9 million euros ($39.91 million) for the April-June quarter was less than half the 73.4 million loss it suffered a year earlier.

Sales rose 168% to 108.6 million euros.

The member of the Star Alliance airlines group said flight operations in the quarter remained at just 35% of those seen in the pre-pandemic second quarter of 2019.

The airline flew 1.2 million passengers on 15,000 flights.

Aegean's cash reserves stood at 545 million euros at the end of June.

"With the lifting of restrictions since the end of May airline activity showed signs of recovery. We had positive cash flow for the first time in 18 months," CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis said.

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Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; editing by Jason Neely

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