The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that passenger traffic in Greece increased by 80.9 percent in December compared to the same period in 2020, but it is still 44.2 percent behind compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Accordingly, total passenger traffic, including arrivals and departures, increased significantly – 367.3 percent compared to December 2020, while international arrivals registered an increase of 413.1 percent, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, December 2021 statistics show an increase in international passenger arrivals by 413.1 percent and 114.3 percent in flights. Specifically, in terms of passenger arrivals in December 2021, 457,773 passengers were handled, while in December 2020, about 89,213 passengers arrived, representing an increase of +413.1 per cent.
The total number of flights for the month of December 2021 was 22,290, also registering an increase of 114.3% compared to the corresponding time in 2020 when 10,401 flights were operated. The total number of passengers handled was 1,769,600 passengers, an increase of 367.3 percent compared to the passenger traffic in December of 2020 which was 378,656 passengers.
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In other words, the overall performance of passenger traffic in 2021 was positive as the total number of passengers handled reached 35.8 million passengers, an increase of 80.9 percent over 19.8 million passengers in 2020. With regard to the number of flights, the number of flights reached 384,248. It operated last year, among which 165,113 domestically and 219,135 internationally, up 51.5 percent from last year.
However, passenger traffic is still low compared to pre-pandemic levels, when 526,155 flights were operated, and remained low by 27 percent in aircraft traffic and 44.2 percent in passenger traffic, when more than 64 million passengers were handled.
Moreover, the Bank of Greece previously forecast that the growth rate of the country’s economy is expected to reach 7.2 percent in 2021.
“Growth is expected to be 5.0 percent in 2022, and 3.9 percent in 2023, subject to continued strong support from international tourism, the recovery of the eurozone, and an investment acceleration,” the Bank of Greece explained.
Although the data reveals that Greece is expected to record upward trends in the tourism industry, there are still some downside risks. In general, the country reopened to travelers when all countries were imposing travel bans, causing Greece’s GDP to rebound significantly in the second half of the year.