Air ar­rivals from abroad rose 9 per­cent

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ALEXAN­DRA KASSIMI & STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

In­ter­na­tional ar­rivals in Greece by road and air rose con­sid­er­ably last year from 2015, ac­cord­ing to data from the In­sti­tute of the Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion (SETE).

Air ar­rivals from abroad in­creased 9 per­cent from 2015 to num­ber 16.87 mil­lion in 2016. The SETE In­sti­tute made it clear that only Athens air­port pro­vided data on in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals which ex­cluded peo­ple liv­ing in Greece, while the fig­ures from other air­ports con­cerned all ar­rivals on in­ter­na­tional flights re­gard­less of coun­try of res­i­dence.

Road ar­rivals rose 0.6 per­cent to come to 12.04 mil­lion last year. This is based on the records of the lo­cal po­lice sta­tions, based on na­tion­al­ity and re­gard­less of coun­try of res­i­dence. It there­fore in­cludes im­mi­grants in Greece who re­turned af­ter trav­el­ing abroad.

Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day showed pas­sen­ger traf­fic through all the coun­try’s air­ports rose 9.9 per­cent year-onyear to 53.8 mil­lion, against 48.8 mil­lion in 2015. In to­tal 461,161 flights were made last year (up 3.8 per­cent on 2015), of which 271,451 were in­ter­na­tional.

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