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Strong Recovery: Athens International Airport Reports Significant Increase in Passenger Traffic

Source: RES-MPE


 

Passenger traffic at Greece's largest airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, soared in May, reaching impressive heights with 2,538,086 passengers.

Athens Airport marking a 23.4% increase

According to statistics from Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens Airport experienced a remarkable surge in passenger traffic during May, marking a 23.4% increase compared to 2022 (a year heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic) and an impressive 11.1% rise compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019. Both domestic and international passenger numbers exceeded 2022 levels, showcasing growth of 20.6% and 24.8%, respectively.



When compared to 2019, the numbers are equally encouraging, with domestic and international passengers witnessing an increase of 15.6% and 9.1%, respectively.

Overall, during the first five months of this year, the airport's passenger traffic reached 9.15 million, representing a significant 39.9% rise compared to 2022 and a notable 5.9% increase compared to 2019. Specifically, domestic and international passenger traffic surpassed 2022 levels, showcasing growth rates of 29.9% and 45.1%, respectively. Additionally, there was an increase compared to 2019, with domestic and international passenger numbers rising by 7.9% and 4.9%, respectively.


Plane landing in Athens

Flights also demonstrated a strong rebound, with Athens International Airport recording 80,878 flights during the first five months of 2023, an increase of 17.4% compared to 2022 and 4.1% compared to 2019. Both domestic and international flights experienced growth, with a rise of 10.4% and 23.4%, respectively, compared to 2022. Furthermore, compared to 2019, domestic and international flights increased by 8% and 1.3%, respectively.


 

Facts:

  • In May, Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) experienced a remarkable recovery with passenger traffic reaching 2,538,086, marking an 11.1% increase compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

  • Both domestic and international passenger numbers at Athens Airport exceeded 2022 levels, showing growth rates of 20.6% and 24.8% respectively, indicating a strong rebound in air travel demand.

  • The first five months of 2023 witnessed a significant increase in passenger traffic at Athens Airport, reaching 9.15 million passengers, representing a notable 39.9% rise compared to 2022 and a 5.9% increase compared to 2019.

  • Flights at Athens International Airport also demonstrated a robust recovery, with a 17.4% increase in the number of flights during the first five months of 2023 compared to 2022, indicating a positive trend in aviation activity.

  • The combined growth in both domestic and international passengers and flights at Athens Airport highlights the resilience of the aviation industry in Greece, pointing towards a positive trajectory of recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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