Greek Airports Post 10% Rise in 8-Month International Arrivals
International arrivals at Greek airports rose 10 percent in the first eight months of 2011 from the same period a year earlier, according to data collected from 13 airports by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.
Passenger arrivals from abroad increased to 8.7 million in the period, from 7.9 million over the same period a year earlier, the Athens-based association said in a statement posted on its website today. The biggest increases were on the islands of Rhodes and Kos, which each saw a rise of 24 percent, followed by the Heraklion airport on Crete which had a 13 percent increase to 1.7 million, the data showed.
Athens International Airport, Greece’s biggest, was the only one to record a drop in arrivals from abroad in the eight- month period despite increases in the last four months, according to the statement. The number of international passengers landing at the airport rose 2.7 percent to 1.2 million in the peak tourist season months of June through August, the statement showed.
In the month of August, international arrivals climbed 9.3 percent to 2.2 million. Data were collected from the 13 airports that are responsible for about 95 percent of all arrivals by air from abroad.
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