The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continued to have a negative effect on air travel to Greece in October, according to recent data from Greek airports that shows a major drop in passenger traffic for that month.
Athens International Airport (AIA) announced that its passenger traffic was below the respective 2019 levels by 68.8 percent, amounting to some 719,000 travelers against last year’s 2.3 million.
Both domestic and international passenger traffic were sharply reduced, by 60.2 percent and 72.2 percent respectively.
In addition, arrivals in October at the country’s 14 regional airports operated by Fraport Greece decreased by 55.3 percent and reached 1.13 million compared to the 2.5 million for the same month in 2019.
International traffic decreased by 53.7 percent and reached 903,008 passengers, while domestic traffic reached 230,729 travelers, from 582,857, down by 60.4 percent.
In October, the total number of flights at Greece’s 14 regional airports reached 11,789 compared to 20,785 in October last year – a drop of 43.3 percent.
Germany and the UK were Greece’s main source of international tourist arrivals with Fraport’s regional airports receiving 151,227 German and 144,385 British travelers in October.
Denmark was in third place with 14,492 travelers, France in fourth with 13,915 and Switzerland in fifth position with 10,958.
January – October 2020 data
Airport arrivals also plummeted during the January – October period in Greece.
Athens International Airport saw its passenger traffic decrease by 66 percent compared to the same period last year and reach only 7.6 million.
“There was a sharp traffic drop due to the impact of the pandemic, during the March – October period. The volumes of international and domestic passengers decreased by 58.4 percent and 69.3 percent, respectively,” AIA said.
Likewise, Fraport Greece’s airports experienced a severe drop in arrivals by 70.8 percent during the first 10 months of the year at 8.4 million compared to 28.72 million in Jan-Oct 2019.
International traffic dropped by 73.9 percent and reached 5.92 million passengers, while domestic traffic reached 2.47 million, down by 59.2 percent.