Heraklion, Rhodes, Corfu and Kos airport are the four island airports with the highest demand in arrivals from abroad for the next two weeks.
Airport data posted by INSETE show that from 9 to 22 August, Heraklion airport has more than 260 thousand arrivals scheduled, Rhodes 180 thousand, Corfu 150 thousand and Kos 100 thousand international arrivals.
Santorini follows with 84 thousand arrivals by air and Mykonos with 83 thousand arrivals in the same period.
At the country’s largest airport, AIA, 413 thousand arrivals have been scheduled and at Thessaloniki another 130 thousand.
Everything indicates that August will go very well in terms of traffic and this is proven by the occupancy rates, reaching, as the hoteliers point out, 70% on average throughout the country. In the popular tourist destinations, the rates of fulfillment are even higher and are expected to remain so if there is no reversal in the health situation.
Athens airport “flew” in July
Passenger traffic at the AIA was up 107% in July, reaching 1.854 million passengers from 893 thousand in July 2020.
Overall, in the January-July period, Athens International Airport’s traffic reached the level of 4.5 million passengers, down 5.7% compared to the same period in 2020 and 68.3% compared to July 2019.
What will happen to Chania and Zakynthos
Since Friday morning, restrictions on entertainment have been in place in Chania and Zakynthos, where, according to infectious disease experts, an increase in the epidemiological load has been found. In particular, it was decided to curfew from 01:00 in the evening to 06:00 in the morning, with the exception of work and serious health reasons and a ban on music around the clock in health and entertainment establishments.
Businessmen on the islands say that the restrictive measures have no impact on bookings, as the period of validity of the measures is not long.
It is recalled that the measures are in force until Friday 13 August and will be re-evaluated by the Commission next week.