Air pas­sen­ger data fly high

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ALEXAN­DRA KASSIMI

Greek air­ports are en­joy­ing another year of growth in pas­sen­ger traf­fic, which came to an im­pres­sive 10.3 per­cent in the first six months of 2017, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data. Athens air­port has also recorded a no­table rise, helped by the in­crease in flights.

Over the Jan­uary-June pe­riod the coun­try’s air­ports saw pas­sen­ger traf­fic reach 21.947 mil­lion and the num­ber of flights come to 192,396, up 0.6 per­cent on the 191,204 flights that used Greece’s air­ports in the first half of 2016. At the same time, the coun­try’s main air­port posted an 8.3 per­cent an­nual in­crease in pas­sen­gers, com­ing to 9.4 mil­lion.

In June alone Athens wel­comed 2.168 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, fol­lowed by Irak­lio in Crete (1.08 mil­lion), Rhodes (784,500), Thes­sa­loniki (650,000) and Corfu (471,500). The in­ter­na­tional net­work saw a 15.8 per­cent an­nual rise in pas­sen­gers last month, while the do­mes­tic net­work re­ported an in­crease of 8.7 per­cent. To­tal traf­fic in June amounted to 7.36 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, up 14.1 per­cent from June 2016.

Last month there were 4.2 per­cent more flights in the coun­try’s air­ports than a year ear­lier, amount­ing to 58,429 in to­tal, of which 19,884 were do­mes­tic flights and 38,545 were in­ter­na­tional flights. This comes with the in­crease in ser­vices by ma­jor in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers us­ing the Athens air­port, which boost flights and pas­sen­ger num­bers. plot could host a ‘type B’ air­port with a run­way up to 1,500 me­ters long and 50 me­ters wide, plus a small pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal of 3,000 sq.m. to cater for 70-80 pas­sen­gers per flight. Such an air­port could serve even medium-sized air­craft such as an Air­bus A318.

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