The first charter flight landed a few minutes after 10 in the morning at the airport of Heraklion “Nikos Kazantzakis” coming from Hannover with 183 passengers.
According to the program, 14 flights are expected today, while it is estimated that within the next four days the first ten thousand visitors from countries such as Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France and Belgium will have arrived on the island.
As the president of the Hotel Owners Association of Heraklion, Nikos Chalkiadakis, stated to APE-MPE , so far 10-15% of the hotels in Heraklion have been opened, while in Lassithi, according to the president of the hoteliers Manolis Varkarakis, by the end of the month, All hotel units have opened their gates.
“An effort is being made, through a series of advertising campaigns in EU countries, to keep the people who would like to travel in those countries for tourism. I do not know how much impact this will have, but I estimate that a large part of our traditional visitors will come to Crete this year as well “, noted Mr. Varkarakis.
The cruise in Heraklion started dynamically from the first day of tourism opening . At 9 in the morning the cruise ship “Main Siff 5” departed with 950 passengers.
“If all the cruises that have been closed until today are made and there are no cancellations, I think we will be able to maintain a 50-60% of the traffic of 2019”, said the president of OLI Giannis Vardavas to APE-MPE, who added that until by the end of May, five cruise ships will arrive in Heraklion.