Greece: Passenger Traffic Increased by 9.4% at 14 Regional Airports in August, Compared to 2019 

Passenger traffic in the 14 regional airports of Greece has risen during August, thus marking an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to the same month of 2019 in domestic and international flights.

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“Indicatively, only in Santorini, we had the record performance with an increase of +39.8 per cent this year in August compared to August 2019, in Aktion +22.9 per cent, in Corfu airport +20.2 per cent and in Skiathos +18.4 per cent,” the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias also revealed, reports.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Minister Kikilias referred to the latest Eurostat data for Greek airports in August, adding that a five per cent increase was seen in commercial flights compared to August 2019.

“Greece follows with a positive sign (+ two per cent) only in Luxembourg, while all other European countries show a negative sign,” he pointed out in this regard.

According to Kikilias, based on the data provided by Eurostat, it can be seen that from the reservations and ticket purchases for the months of September and October, the tourist flow not only continues but also strengthens.

He also added that the tourist flow would be strengthened much more after the last announcements that came last Sunday from the Prime Minister, who spoke about the further support of the tourist product through the new co-advertising program of the EOT in cooperation with the tour operators and airlines.

In addition, Minister Kikilias emphasized that the tourist flow is expected to increase due to the ambitious project that Greece has set in motion to attract Northern Europeans, mainly retirees during the months of November, December, February and March.

Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism also mentioned the added value of the tourist product, reiterating that the figures so far from the Bank of Greece support the fact that this year’s income is expected to exceed the revenues of 2019.

In this regard, he said that this includes income that ends up directly in the budget of the average Greek family, in small and medium-sized Greek businesses, Greek hoteliers, workers in professions directly or indirectly related to the tourism industry, primary production, and the Greek farmers.

At the same time, he emphasized that this income brings investments, opens new jobs, strengthens the Greek economy, and allows the country to support Greek men and women.