Greek authorities revealed that more than 1.2 million passengers were welcomed in Greece during the first month of the year, registering a 223 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021, when 386,130 passengers were registered.
According to a press release from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the number of passengers in 2022 decreased by 41.5 percent compared to 2019, when 2.1 million passengers were registered in the country, TheSchengen.com reports.
Additionally, the total number of flights operated in 2022 was 18,218 – just 18 percent less than 2019 levels, when 22,219 flights were operated. Moreover, the number of flights operated also compared to 2022, where 10,708 flights were reported, representing an increase of 70.3 percent for the month of January 2022. Of the 18,218 flights operated, 11,314 were domestic flights, and 6904 international flights.
However, the highest increase was noted in the number of international arrivals – they numbered 271,796 passengers, an increase of 350.5% over the same period in 2021, when 60,328 passengers were registered.
The positive result of air traffic was also noted in international tourism as a survey conducted by Mindhaus for the European Travel Committee (ETC) showed that Greece was included among the leading destinations for European travelers in the first half of 2022.
The same shows that Greece is down one place from last year, lagging behind Italy, Spain and France as well as Germany, while Croatia ranks sixth as a preferred destination for EU citizens.
A major factor affecting Greek tourism is the management of the COVID-19 situation in the country, which has been highly acclaimed by travel organizations.
“The way we dealt with the epidemic was so important that while all the other Mediterranean countries were closed in 2020, we opened our doors. And last year, when everyone thought that tourism revenue would be between 5-6 billion euros, it reached 10.5 to 11 billion euros The Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic, Vassilis Kikilias, said that “a great contribution to the Greek economy and trade”.
Same thing, it was recently announced that Greece will open its borders to welcome international travelers next month, starting March 1.
Unlike previous years, the tourist season in Greece will start on March 1 instead of mid-April.
According to Greece’s tourism minister, 765 cruises, 55 percent of which will be based in Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, the Greek islands, are expected to sail in the next month.