Minoan Air

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Minoan Air
Minoan Air (MAV) logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded September 7, 2011 (2011-09-07)
Glyfada, Attica, Greece[2]
Commenced operations 2012 (2012)
Fleet size 2
Destinations 5
Headquarters Heraklion, Greece
Key people
  • George Mavrantonakis (Chairman of the B.o.D.)
  • Marcos Caramalengos (Chief Commercial Officer)[3]
Website www.minoanair.com

Minoan Air S.A., also known as Μινωικές Αερογραμμές, is a Greek airline headquartered in Heraklion, Crete,[4] founded in September 2011. One of the key people is George Mavrantonakis, co-founder of Sky Express, former Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager of Olympic Airlines and former Advisor to the President of the same airline.


The company's first base was Heraklion International Airport.

In June 2012 Minoan Air based an airliner in Spain (in either Burgos Airport or León Airport) to operate charter flights for Spanish tour operator Good Fly.[5] In July 2012 the company started operating all-year round flights from their base in Heraklion to Kos and Rhodes and seasonal flights to Mytilene and Santorini.[6]

In October/November 2012, the airline wet-leased one of their aircraft to Flyglinjen.[7][8]

In January 2013, Minoan Air announced it would open two new bases outside of Greece, London Oxford Airport on 4 March 2013 and Lugano Airport on 29 March 2013. Minoan flew from London Oxford to Dublin and Edinburgh until 4 August 2013, while flights to Rome-Fiumicino and Vienna have been operated from Lugano. In September 2013 it has been announced that all flights to and from Lugano have been terminated.[9]


Minoan Air flies to the following destinations as of July 2015:

  • Greece - Athens, Alexandroupoli, Heraklion (HUB), Kos, Mykonos, Mytiline, Rhodes, Santorini, Thessaloniki


As of 22 April 2015, the Minoan Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Minoan Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Fokker 50 1 0 50
Total 1 0


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Minoan Air" (PDF). Hellenic Parliament. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "World routes: Minoan Air outlines UK expansion". 1 October 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Contact us." Minoan Air. Retrieved on 11 December 2012. "Address: Minoan Air St. Kazantzidi Avenue and Vosporou 1, N. Alikarnassos, 71601 Heraklion, Crete, Greece" - Greek address: "Λεωφόρος Στ. Καζαντζίδη και Βοσπόρου 1. Νέα Αλικαρνασσός, 71601 Ηράκλειο, Κρήτη, Ελλάδα"
  5. ^ "GoodFly using Minoan Fokker 50 this summer". 3 June 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Routes TV". Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Anders Carlsson (27 September 2012). "Flyglinjen byter flygplan". Flygtorget. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "About us". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.aerotelegraph.com/minoan-air-schliesst-basis-lugano-wegfall-linienfluege

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