GREECE AIR TRAFFIC VOLUME CRASHES BY 74.3% IN 2020
Greece, which is a top tourism draw globally, has seen its air traffic volume crashing by 74.3% this year, which means only 9 million tourists have used airports in the country in 2020, Patricia Claus wrote for the Greek Reporter on August 13, 2020.
The number of foreign visitors coming into Greek airports this year so far numbered 1,126,429, a stunning decrease from last year’s banner tourism season, which saw a total of 4,096,657 international arrivals.
Although very disappointing, the numbers did not come as a shock to any in the sector, due to the punishing effects of travel bans imposed on many nations because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Greek media reports, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), reported the precipitous drop in business in the first seven months of this year relative to the numbers seen in 2019. For the month of July 2020 alone, the high season for summertime travel to the country, passenger traffic at Greek airports had decreased 72.6%. During the month of July, a total of only 2,722,854 million passengers came through Greece’s airports; in that same period, there was a precipitous drop of 72.5% in the number of foreign arrivals.