Wednesday March 4, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
20o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Athens airport traffic drops by 10 percent

Passenger traffic at Athens International Airport dropped 10 percent last year as the European crisis cut trips by Greek and international travelers.

The number of people passing through Greece’s biggest airport declined to 12.9 million from 14.4 million in 2011, the airport said on its website on Wednesday.

International passenger traffic fell 12 percent to 8.4 million and domestic travelers dropped 7.9 percent to 4.5 million.

The decrease can be “mainly attributed to the country’s overall critical political and financial situation and the respective negative impact” on travel, the airport said.

Tourism, Greece’s biggest industry, accounted for almost 16 percent of gross domestic product and almost one in five jobs in 2011, according to the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council.

An economic contraction, broadcast images of protests, a second round of elections in June and concerns that the country might abandon the euro all weakened Greece’s attraction for tourists.

International arrivals at the 15 airports that account for as much as 95 percent of all foreign arrivals in Greece by air declined 3.3 percent to 11.3 million last year, the Athens-based Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises said in a separate statement. Kavala, in the north, had the biggest decline with international arrivals falling 15 percent. [Bloomberg]

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 (21:47)  
De Guindos insistent that Greece likely to need another aid program [Update]
For first time in years, euro economy starts surprising on upside
Spain´s De Guindos says next steps for Greece point to third rescue
Greece successfully rolls over 6-month T-bills but yield rises
Merkel says eurozone has hands full with existing Greek bailout program
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday refused to speculate if Greece could count on a third aid package from its euro zone partners after Athens had completed its existing bailout pro...
Premature to talk about 3rd Greek bailout, EU´s Juncker says
It is too early to discuss a third bailout package for Greece, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, stressing the focus of talks with Athens was implementing ...
Inside News
SOCCER
Marinakis fines Olympiakos players
Olympiakos president Evangelos Marinakis on Monday fined the team 500,000 euros for disappointing performances and called on them to make a «sacrifice» to win trophies or leave. "Olympiakos ...
SOCCER
Olympiakos´s Karembeu confident UEFA on top of racism
Olympiakos strategic advisor Christian Karembeu expressed his confidence on Tuesday that UEFA are getting to grips with racism in soccer after suffering abuse during the recent Greek derby a...
Inside Sports
FOCUS
Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating tabl...
COMMENTARY
Up the creek without a paddle
One of the issues that dominated the country’s pre-election debate was whether SYRIZA, which eventually won the vote, had worked out a plan B. It was clear from the start that its much-hyped...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Merkel says eurozone has hands full with existing Greek bailout program
2. Premature to talk about 3rd Greek bailout, EU´s Juncker says
3. Chomsky: EU reaction to Greek bid to reverse austerity was ´extremely savage´
4. Schaeuble: Greece needs to fulfill terms of agreement before further aid
5. De Guindos insistent that Greece likely to need another aid program [Update]
6. For first time in years, euro economy starts surprising on upside
more news
Today
This Week
1. Up the creek without a paddle
2. Panousis says no official decision on undocumented migrants
3. Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
4. More Germans booking holidays in Greece, tourism chief says
5. For Greece, a lesson from Ireland, Kenny says
6. ECB glimpse of Cyprus debt shows limits of bank cleanup
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. A fierce battle looms
3. SYRIZA feeling the pain
4. The Greek tax drama
5. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
6. Tsipras reversal draws Greek sympathy as party rumblings rise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.