Greek summer is stronger than ever with the country’s 14 regional airports marking an 11.1 percent increase in passenger traffic to 5.91 million compared to 5.32 million in July 2019, before the onset of Covid-19.
Airport traffic has been on a steady rise since June when the airports recorded a 3.3 percent rise over 2019 levels.
In the first seven months of the year, the 14 regional airports managed by Fraport Greece caught up with 2019 levels handling 16.21 million passengers in total compared to 16.25 million in the January-July 2019 period.
July 2022 traffic was up by 64.8 percent over 2021. Fraport airports leading the way include those of Santorini where arrivals increased by 36.2 percent, Mykonos 16.6 percent, Rhodes 10.4 percent, Skiathos 16.5 percent, Chania 20.8 percent, Kefalonia 12.3 percent, Corfu 20.7 percent and Zakynthos 8.8 percent.
Declines compared to July 2019 were reported at the airports of Thessaloniki by 9.6 percent, Kavala 12.8 percent, Lesvos 13.3 percent and Samos 6.8 percent.
Overall in the January-July 2022 period, the country’s14 regional airports handled 16.21 million passengers, down by 0.2 percent compared to the same months in 2019 but up by 169.5 percent compared to 2021.
Airports with a positive performance in the seven-month period over 2019 levels include those at popular destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Skiathos, Rhodes, Chania, Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos.
Again, the airports of Thessaloniki, Kavala, Lesvos and Samos saw figures drop.
Fraport Greece operates airports on some of the country’s main holiday destinations including on the mainland – Thessaloniki, Aktion, and Kavala – and on the Greek islands – Crete (Chania), Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos.
Commenting on the news, Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said via his twitter account that the “upgrade of the tourism product strengthens the economy, creates new jobs, feeds hundreds of professions and supports the average Greek family”.
Ιούλιος 2022 vS Ιούλιος 2019.
11% αύξηση της επιβατικής κίνησης στα 14 αεροδρόμια της Fraport.
Η αναβάθμιση του τουριστικού μας προϊόντος:
•ενισχύει την οικονομία •δημιουργεί νέες θέσεις εργασίας •τροφοδοτεί εκατοντάδες επαγγέλματα
•στηρίζει τη μέση ελληνική οικογένεια pic.twitter.com/gRQi0OM0gT
— Vassilis Kikilias (@Vkikilias) August 11, 2022