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Astra Airlines was a Greek regional airline headquartered in Thessaloniki and based at Thessaloniki International Airport.

Astra Airlines
Astra Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
A2[1] AZI[2] GREEK STAR[2]
Founded2008 (2008)
Commenced operationsJuly 5, 2008 (2008-07-05)
Ceased operationsNovember 15, 2019
HubsThessaloniki International Airport
Focus citiesAthens International Airport
Fleet size4
Destinations37
Company sloganbetterfly
HeadquartersThessaloniki, Greece
Key peopleIoannis Zlatanis (Chairman)
Websiteastra-airlines.gr

HistoryEdit

The carrier was founded by Ioannis Zlatanis, founder of Interaviator Ltd, and Anastasios Zirinis, former CEO of Olympic Aviation. It launched operations on 5 July 2008, flying from Thessaloniki to Rhodes.[3]

In November 2019, it was reported that Astra Airlines faced severe financial difficulties and was searching for an investor to maintain its current operations.[4] The airline grounded all flights as of 09 November 2019.[5]

On 14 November 2019, IATA announced it had suspended the airline and warned Greek travel agents to stop selling tickets on the airline with immediate effect.[6][7]

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

 
Astra Airlines BAe 146-300

As of August 2019, the Astra Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

Astra Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet On Order Passengers Notes
C Y
Total
ATR 42-300 2 0 48 48
ATR 72-200 1 0 70 70
BAe 146-300 1 0 112 112
Total 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "CONTRACTIONS FAA JO 7340.2". faa.gov. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Astra Airlines Takes Off". capital.gr. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ politischios.gr - ΒΙΝΤΕΟ- Τελευταία πτήση της Astra Airlines ή υπάρχει ακόμη σωτηρία (Greek) 9 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Greece's Astra Airways' Financial Difficulties Prompt HCAA Review". 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Greece's Astra Airlines Suspended From The IATA". 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  7. ^ "IATA Grounds Greece's Astra Airlines". 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  8. ^ astra-airlines.gr - BUY TICKET retrieved 21 May 2016
  9. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 15.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Astra Airlines at Wikimedia Commons