ATHENS (Reuters) – Worldwide air site visitors to Greece rose additional in October, on the finish of the height summer time tourism season, civil aviation authority information confirmed on Monday.
Arrivals greater than doubled in that month to 1,683,723, from 741,932 a yr earlier when COVID restrictions damage worldwide journey.
Greece, the place a couple of fifth of financial output comes from tourism, suffered its most extreme air site visitors stoop on file in 2020, with arrivals down 75% from the earlier yr.
With vaccination and testing for COVID-19 extensively accessible, the nation opened its borders to international travellers in Might, hoping for a 50% rise from the pre-crisis ranges seen in 2019, when the nation welcomed a file of greater than 30 million vacationers.
Total site visitors at Greek airports was up 69% for the ten months to October at round 32 million passengers but it surely was nonetheless down 45.7% versus the identical interval in 2019 earlier than the pandemic struck, the information confirmed.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou, modifying by Ed Osmond)