Low flights were recorded by the 14 regional airports (Aktio, Chania, Corfu, Kavala, Kefalonia, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos, Kos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos) operated by Fraport Greece in October – January of the coronavirus pandemic are still visible in passenger traffic.
According to the company, in the period January-October this year, passenger traffic at 14 airports amounted to 8.4 million, down 70.8% compared to the corresponding ten months of 2019, when the number of passengers had risen to 28.7 million.
The biggest drop, at 73.9%, was recorded in international passenger traffic, with 5.9 million passengers handling at the country’s 14 regional airports, while domestic traffic stood at 2.5 million, down 59, 2%.
The largest percentage lag (80.1%) was shown by Skiathos, where 88,112 passengers traveled for the period January-October compared to 443,786 in the corresponding period last year. At the same time, the largest number of passengers was recorded at Thessaloniki Airport, where 2,233,329 passengers traveled, a number reduced by 62.9% compared to the period January-October 2019.
Winners and losers
Passenger traffic was sluggish in both top destinations of the Cyclades, Mykonos and Santorini, with a decrease of 73.1% and 74.5% respectively. The traffic for Kos and Rhodes was at the same percentage levels, with the two destinations of the Dodecanese recording a drop of 70.2% and 72.1% respectively. Corresponding rates were recorded by the two popular islands of June, Corfu and Kefalonia, where the fall exceeded 70% and 75% respectively.
The smallest percentage decrease (56.4%) was observed at Mytilene airport, where the number of passengers, however, remained at very low levels.
The picture is similar in terms of flights, with the total number of international and domestic flights amounting to 94,931 against 231,340, recording a drop of 59%.
October showed endurance
The 14 regional airports operated by Fraport also recorded lower passenger traffic performance, but slightly better than in September, with 1.1 million passengers in October compared to about 2.5 million in the same month. of 2019, recording a drop of 55.3% and reducing the gap of previous months.
Analytically, the international passenger traffic recorded a decrease of 53.7% compared to October 2019, while the domestic traffic amounted to 230,729 from 582,857, down 60.4% compared to the corresponding month of 2019.
The biggest decrease was presented by the airport of Zakynthos with a drop of 78.6%, followed by the airport of Mykonos with 72.9% and that of Kavala with 71.6%. The smallest percentage decrease was recorded at Kos airport, with a drop of 34.7%, showing strong resilience, followed by that of Rhodes with the decrease being 40.4.
In terms of flights, their number rose to 11,789 compared to 20,785 in October last year, with a decrease of 43.3%.
Who chose Greece?
At the top of the markets that “voted” Greece in October this year were the two main sources of inbound tourism in the country, Germany and Britain. In October alone, 144,385 British and 151,227 German tourists arrived at the 14 regional airports in the country managed by Fraport.
In third place with the main catering markets of Greek tourism was Denmark, while the top five is completed by France and Switzerland.