Greek Airports See Nine Percent Rise in Passenger Traffic in First Quarter of 2019



Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens.  File photo

Greek airports recorded a total of nine percent more passenger traffic during the first three months of this year so far, compared to the same period in 2018.

This impressive statistic was revealed in a report released by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday morning.

Greece’s airports handled a total of 6.8 million passengers between January 1 and March 31, 2019; the figure for the same time period in 2018 was 6.2 million.

Last year saw impressive increases in passenger traffic compared to 2017, which means 2019 is already showing signs of becoming another record-breaking year for Greek tourism.

The busiest airports in Greece during this period were those of Athens, with 1,639 million passengers; Thessaloniki, with approximately 450,000 travelers; and Heraklion, which welcomed approximately 125,000 people.

The report lists the airports of Santorini and Chania in the fourth and fifth places.

The most impressive aspect of the newly-released data is that three airports — Sitia on Crete, as well as the airports in Milos and Naxos, recorded enormous increases in passenger traffic between 52.2 and 90.6 percent, compared to last year’s numbers.