A new Greek airline carrier named Athens Spirit Airlines will begin operating in April 2019.

The company was founded in June 2017 and last month it submitted a request for an air operator certificate from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, reports Deal News.

The airline aims to offer both domestic and international services with four A319 and two A340 aircraft.

According to the report, Athens Spirit Airlines is funded by investments from wealthy Greeks of the Diaspora and aims to take on Greece’s leading carrier Aegean Airlines.

Greece’s Business Registry lists Dimitris Vasilios Dorizas as President and Director of the company. Dorizas is a retired pilot, priest and former manager of Olympic Airways, where he worked for more than 16 years.

In October 2012, Dorizas was also one of the founders of Sky Greece Airlines, which started operations in May 2015 with a Boeing 767-300ER but ceased operations half a year later.

Over the last few decades, many smaller Greek airlines have tried to enter the aviation sector however most have not lasted very long. Apart from Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airways the other most well-known and frequently used carriers are Ellinair and Sky Express.

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