International arrivals at the country’s 14 largest regional airports exceeded all expectations in July, raising hopes that this would be a record tourist season. This is better than 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit both transport and tourism. .
The figures make up for slower numbers at Athens International Airport, which industry managers believe will increase beyond September, and a decline in domestic passenger travel, which has a more bleak outlook.
International arrivals at the 14 largest regional airports managed by Fraport Greece reached 5.127 million in July 2019 from 4.49 million in July 2019, an increase of 14.1%. However, domestic travel volumes were 7.4% below 2019 levels, lowering overall growth to 11.1%.
With 14 airports including the most popular tourist destinations, these numbers clearly show that tourism has fully recovered from the impact of the pandemic. They also made up for the relative delay earlier this year. International arrivals at regional airports in the first seven months of 2022 totaled 12.85 million, an increase of 4.2% from 2019 (12.33 million). Again, due to domestic travel delays, total arrivals from January to July 2022 were 0.2% lower than in 2019 (16.216 million and 16.252 million respectively).
George Biros, general manager of development at Fraport Greece, told Casimerini when asked about the outlook for international arrivals that he fully expects August to be as “dynamic” as July. . “But we must remain vigilant as difficulties may lie ahead,” he warns.
Barring unforeseen events, such as a further deterioration in international conditions, arrivals could be 5% above 2019 levels and revenue could be up 10%. Industry experts and government officials estimate that income from international tourists could rise from €18.2 billion in 2019 to nearly €20 billion.
Athens International Airport saw 2.83 million arrivals in July, down 5.1% from July 2019. Domestic arrivals he fell by 0.3%, while international arrivals fell by 7.2%.
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