Greek airports handled a total of 1.3 million passengers in February, an increase of about 306 percent over the previous year when 332,200 passengers were registered. In total, authorities revealed that 2.6 million travelers arrived in Greece during the first two months of 2022.
According to the Greek Aviation Service (CAA), the number of flights to all airports in the country reached 16,877 – of which 10,749 are domestic and 6,128 are international, which is an increase of 81.7 percent, compared to the corresponding period of February 2021, when the number of flights was 9, 290 trips. Working. , TheSchengen.com reports.
In conclusion, the arrival of passenger flights recorded in February 2022 jumped by 537.2 percent, accounting for 321,225 passengers. Last year, the number of arrivals from abroad was about 50,410 passengers.
The number of passengers arriving in the country increased by 261.6 percent in January and February of 2022, compared to the same time in 2021, which indicates a strong recovery in travel in the Republic of Greece.
The total number of flights for this period reached 35,095, including 22,063 domestic flights and 13032 international flights. The number of flights operated also increased from 19,998 flights to 35,095 flights, which represents an increase of 75.5 percent.
Despite the positive trends, the travel industry continues to lag behind pre-pandemic levels. Civil Aviation Authority data shows that total passenger traffic exceeded four million in the first two months of 2019, an increase of 37.8 percent over 2022 (2.6 million).
The number of flights in 2022 is also still lower than the figures for 2019, when 42,149 flights were operated, an increase of 16.7 percent over January/February 2022.
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Travel organizations have praised the country for the good management of tourism during the pandemic. Greece was one of the countries with the lowest requirements regarding COVID-19 for international travelers.
However, since March 15, international arrivals have been exempted from submitting the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which was previously considered a mandatory travel document.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reminds passengers that as of tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the cancellation of the PLF for international flights passengers will come into effect, according to the already issued COVID-19 certificate. In particular, with the implementation of flight directives, all passengers arriving in our country from any destination abroad do not need to fill out the electronic PLF form before arriving in Greece.”
Recently, another EU member state – Romania, announced that it has lifted the requirement for the PLF, proving that the bloc is heading towards unrestricted travel this year.