ECONOMY

Athens airport traffic drops by 11 percent in Jan-Feb

Athens International Airport passenger traffic dropped 11 percent in the first two months of the year as the economic crisis hit travel spending and protests dented Greece?s image abroad.

The number of people passing through the country?s biggest airport declined to 1.5 million in the two-month period through February 29 from 1.7 million in the same period a year earlier, according to a statement posted on the airport?s website on Monday.

Domestic travelers dropped 9.8 percent to 568,350 and international passenger traffic fell 12 percent to 939,894, the company said.

Both categories ?experienced severe losses,? reflecting the ?Greeks? low propensity to travel, as well as the damaged image of Athens and the country for foreign travelers.?

[Bloomberg]