Arrivals in Fraport-Run Greek Airports Jump 14.1 pct

FILE - Despite the high temperature tourists visit archeological sites and other attractions of Athens. Photo by EUROKINISSI / ELENI ROKOU (file).

ATHENS (ANA) – International passenger traffic in the 14 regional airports managed by a Fraport-led consortium posted a 14.1 percent jump in the first seven months of the year compared with the same period of 2016, the company said on Wednesday.

According to the data, one million additional passengers arrived at Fraport Greece’s 14 airports in the year-to-date, with the total number reaching 10.662 million passengers versus 9.334 passengers in the same period last year.

In July alone, passenger traffic increased 10.3 percent, which corresponds to 4.157 million passengers from abroad, compared with 3.769 million in 2016. All 14 airports recorded an increase this year, which signifies a positive dynamic for Greek tourism.

In Kos, numbers show the recent earthquake did not dent tourist arrivals last month. The island’s airport recorded a significant 18.8 percent increase in July and 22.1 percent in the year-to-date.

At the same time, international passenger arrivals at the airport in Mytilene posted a whopping 57 percent jump in the first seven months of the year, with 56.7000 tourists visiting the island.

The island with the highest passenger traffic in the year-to-date was Rhodes, which recorded 2.24 million passengers versus two million in the same period last year, posting a 7.7 percent rise.

The airport of Thessaloniki follows, with a 22.8 percent increase in international arrivals and 2.1 million passengers from January to July.