The number of passengers increased at a satisfactory pace, according to the statistics of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority for the traffic of airports in the first quarter. The total number reached 6,803,364 passengers, marking an increase of 9% compared to the corresponding period of 2018, during which time 6,244,445 passengers had traveled. That is the number of passengers traveling increased by 558,919 compared to the same period last year.
The total number of flights to Greek airports amounted to 66,793 (of which 38,936 domestic and 27,857 foreign), showing an increase of 8,4%, compared to the corresponding period of 2018, where there were 61,636 flights.
The March 2019 statistics show the following:
In total, 2,565,900 passengers traveled, corresponding to a 6.2% increase. The total number of flights to and from Greek airports reached 23,807, an increase of 3,4% from last year, when 23,019 flights were made.
Indicatively, the airports of Athens, Thessaloniki “Macedonia”, Heraklion, Santorini and Chania, according to the statistics of the Hellenic Air Force, showed the largest passenger traffic for March. It is noted that the airports of Sitia, Milos and Naxos recorded the largest increase. The biggest increase in passenger traffic was registered in Sitia airport, with an increase of 90.6% (61.892 passengers compared to 32.479 in the corresponding period of 2018).
Kountoura: We strategically promote Heraklion as a home-port cruise port
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura visited Heraklion’s cruise terminal on the occasion of the first “home-port” departures of this year’s cruise ships that are based in Heraklion. E. Kountouras pointed out that the promotion of Heraklion as a home-port cruise port through central agreements and co-operations of the ministry with international and European cruise groups was a strategic choice. It led to the big rise of home-porting in Heraklion during the years 2017-2018 and turned Heraklion into the second most important Greek home-port cruise destination after Piraeus./ibna