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Passenger Traffic at Greek Ports Drops 67% in Second Quarter of 2020

The total passenger traffic at Greek ports during the second quarter of the year recorded a decrease of 67 percent compared with the same period in 2019, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Wednesday.

In absolute figures, the number of passengers during Q2 2020 amounted to 3,179,197 people, of which 3,117,533 were domestic travelers and 61,664 were international.

Domestic Passengers: Refers to movement of passengers between Greek ports. International passengers: Refers to movement of passengers in Greek ports with embarking or disembarking at foreign ports. Source: ELSTAT

Considering the period recorded (April-June), it is obvious that the significant drop in passenger traffic at Greek ports was due to the impact (lockdown, travel restrictions) of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which hit Greece in March.

Meanwhile, when comparing the second quarter of 2018 with the corresponding period of 2019, ELSTAT recorded a 2.3 increase in total passenger traffic at Greek ports.

Source: ELSTAT

Also, ELSTAT’s data showed that in the second quarter of 2020, the total movements of goods in Greek ports decreased by 11.5 and the total traffic of mobile units was down by 44.4 percent, compared with the same period in 2019.

ELSTAT’s survey on the traffic of passengers, goods and mobile units in Greek ports is conducted on a monthly basis and covers all merchant vessels of net tonnage 10 GRT and over that carry passengers, goods and mobile units by sea to and from domestic and international ports for commercial purposes.

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