Passenger traffic at Athens International Airport (AIA) significantly dropped by 61.3 percent in March 2020, compared to the same month last year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel.
The airport welcomed a total of 639,580 travelers during March compared to 1.65 million last year.
“Passenger traffic suffered a severe drop… which culminated during the second half of the month (March), due to the countries’ extensive travel bans and restrictions, and the consequent airlines’ suspension of flights,” AIA said.
The airport in March welcomed 431,625 international travelers which is down by 62 percent, while domestic traffic dropped by almost 60 percent and reached 207,995.
Overall, during January – March 2020, the airport received 3.47 million travelers, which is down by 20.5 percent compared to the same period in 2019, severely affected by the sharp traffic drop during March.
The number of international passengers decreased by 18.6 percent to 2.41 million instead of 2.96 million.
Furthermore, domestic passengers reached 1 million, which is down by 24.4 percent, compared to the same period last year.