Pas­sen­ger sea traf­fic down on last year

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The coast guard has re­ported that 250,000 fewer pas­sen­gers trav­eled through the coun­try’s ports in July and the first 15 days of Au­gust com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2014. Seago­ing pas­sen­ger traf­fic in these two months nor­mally ac­counts for 40 per­cent of the to­tal each year.

How­ever, lower fuel prices for a third year run­ning have soft­ened the im­pact of the de­crease on ferry firms while the rise in in­ter­na­tional tourism and in­creased oc­cu­pancy lev­els on routes from the Dode­canese and Chios as refugees head to ports in Athens have helped to off­set the drop in do­mes­tic trav­el­ers.

Specif­i­cally in July, pas­sen­ger traf­fic fell by 12.38 per­cent com­pared to last year, with the num­ber of routes served re­duced by 4.6 per­cent.

Car trans­porta­tion dropped 18.09 per­cent while trucks were down 15.26 per­cent.

Com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, pas­sen­ger traf­fic was 5.95 per­cent lower for the first 15 days of Au­gust, with 5.93 per­cent fewer routes.

In other ar­eas, pas­sen­ger fig­ures rose, es­pe­cially for the first 15 days of Au­gust, when traf­fic to and from the Sa­ronic is­lands showed a 5.26 per­cent in­crease com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, while traf­fic from Lavrio was up 3.74 per­cent year-onyear as pas­sen­gers opted for shorter and cheaper routes.

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