Aegean Airlines and Hellenic Petroleum, cooperate and together support the current effort of the Greek State to combat the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, by operating free cargo flights for the transport of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
Aegean Airlines will provide for aircraft and crew as well as other variable costs, while Hellenic Petroleum through EKO will cover the respective fuel costs.
Together, the companies will initially offer up to 10 flights to China, Far East or other countries that produce medical and pharmaceutical materials or other necessary materials and equipment which can be carried by Aegean’s fleet.
The coordination of the initiative is solely in the authority of the Ministry for Civil Protection in order to ensure the outmost effectiveness. Flights may also facilitate the demand of Prefectures, Non Profit Organisations or other entities that have offered to provide or donated equipment to the State.
In order to maximise available capacity for cargo transportation Aegean Airlines has already adequately adjusted two of its AIRBUS A320/321 passenger aircraft. Hence, the overall capacity has now expanded by threefold to 120 cubic meters for the A320 aircraft and to 170 cubic meters for the A321. Hellenic Petroleum and EKO will continue to operate their facilities at all Greek airports so as to cater for any urgent refuelling that may be needed during this period.
Aegean Airlines and Hellenic Petroleum are also willing to operate any repatriation flights requested on behalf of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These flights will be operated upon the decision of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and following the criteria or other conditions set by the state. During these specific flights and in order to provide increased proactive hygiene measures middle raw seats will be vacant and no catering service will be offered.