About 50 flights from Britain to Greek airports are scheduled for the first 48 hours after the lifting of the air travel ban that took effect in the early hours of Wednesday.
Today, 23 flights are scheduled from Britain to seven regional airports . Seven of them are expected to take place in Zakynthos, five in Rhodes, four in Kefalonia, three at Skiathos airport, two at “Nikos Kazantzakis” in Heraklion and one each in Corfu and Kos.
Most flights will be operated by airlines owned by tour operators, such as Jet 2 and Thomson. According to aviation market sources, some of the scheduled routes may be canceled as the situation regarding air travel is still fluid.
The first arrivals at “El. Venizelos »
Direct flights from Britain will increase on Thursday, as a total of 29 routes are scheduled, while the first planes from the United Kingdom are expected to land at Athens airport.
The planned flights to “Eleftherios Venizelos” are six, five itineraries will be made to the airport of Corfu, four to Heraklion and three to Kos and Zakynthos.
The first British travelers are expected to arrive at Thessaloniki “Macedonia” airport on Thursday, as two flights are scheduled.
The British who will arrive in Greece in the coming days will be checked by sampling based on the indications that will result from the special barcode which they will receive by filling in the PLF form.
According to information, it should be taken for granted that the number of competitive checks to be carried out at airports will increase due to the arrival of thousands of British tourists.
More tests and tests of the PLF form
Already, more tests are being conducted than those provided in the design of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and EODY, as a small number of airlines have not yet complied with the rules regarding the completion of the PLF form.
On Monday, for example, a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain landed at Athens Airport in which none of the passengers had completed the PLF form. All passengers on this flight underwent diagnostic tests and were quarantined, as required by the relevant procedures.
The controls regarding the completion of the PLF form have been intensified and on Tuesday the first fines of 500 euros were imposed on passengers who traveled without submitting a declaration 48 hours before check in.
Constantly reduced passenger traffic
Despite the lifting of travel restrictions, passenger traffic at the 14 regional airports managed by Fraport Greece was significantly reduced in the first 10 days of July compared to the corresponding period in 2019.
Passenger traffic amounted to almost 263,000 passengers in the first ten days of July, a drop of 83.8% compared to 2019, when in the same period traffic reached 1.62 million passengers.
The smallest drop, amounting to 60%, occurred at the airport of Mytilene which is busy due to the management of the refugee crisis, while the largest is recorded at the airport of Kefalonia with the number of passengers showing a decrease of 93.9%.
source – economistas.gr