The air traffic was zeroed in November at the 14 regional airports (Aktio, Chania, Corfu, Kavala, Kefalonia, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos, Kos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini airport, Skiathos) managed by Fraport Greece, with of coronavirus to be unprecedented.
According to the company, in the period January-November this year, passenger traffic at 14 airports amounted to 8.5 million, down 71.1% compared to the corresponding ten months of 2019, when the number of passengers had risen to 29.5 million.
The largest drop, at 74%, was recorded in international passenger traffic, with nearly 6 million passengers traveling to the country’s 14 regional airports, while domestic traffic stood at 2.54 million, down 60.9%.
Skiathos showed the largest percentage lag (80.1%), where 88,500 passengers traveled for the ten months of January-November compared to 445.7131 in the corresponding period last year. At the same time, the largest number of passengers was recorded at Thessaloniki Airport, where 2,265,301 passengers traveled, a number reduced by 64.9% compared to the period January-November 2019.
The image of airports
Passenger traffic was also sluggish in both top destinations of the Cyclades, Mykonos airport and Santorini, with a decrease of 73.1% and 74.9% respectively. The traffic for Kos and Rhodes airport was at the same percentage levels, with the two destinations of the Dodecanese recording a decrease of 70% and 70.1% respectively. Corresponding rates were recorded by the two popular islands of June, Corfu and Kefalonia, where the fall exceeded 70.6% and 75.2% respectively.
The smallest percentage decrease (57.5%) was observed at the airport of Mytilene, where the number of passengers, however, remained at very low levels.
The picture is similar in terms of flights, with the total number of international and domestic flights amounting to 97,971 against 238,619, recording a drop of 58.9%.
In nadir is November
The 14 regional airports operated by Fraport also recorded low passenger traffic performance in November, with the number of passengers… zeroing. Specifically, the international air traffic at the airports of Kavala, Kefalonia and Skiathos was zero, while the number of passengers in those of Mytilene and Samos was in single digits.
In total, the number of passengers amounted to 114,158 compared to approximately 727,051 in the corresponding month of 2019, recording a decrease of 84.3%.
Analytically, the international passenger traffic recorded a decrease of 85.1% compared to November 2019, while the domestic traffic amounted to 70,397 from 433,099, down 83.7% compared to the corresponding month of 2019.
The largest percentage decrease was presented by Thessaloniki airport with a drop of 92.5%, followed by Santorini airport with a decrease of 88.5% and that of Chania with a drop of 83.6%. The smallest percentage decrease was recorded at Kos airport, with a drop of 48.5%, while that of Aktio followed with a decrease of 58.1.
In terms of flights, their number rose to 3,040 compared to 7,279 in November last year, with a decrease of 58.2%.
Who chose Greece?
At the top of the few travelers who “voted” for Greece in November this year were the two main sources of inbound tourism in the country, Germany and Britain.
In third place was Israel, while the top five is completed by Cyprus and France with a small number of tourists.
source: flight time calculator