Airport arrivals in Greece drop 5.1 pct in Jan-May

International arrivals at Greek airports fell 5.1 percent in the first five months of the year, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

The number of people arriving from abroad declined to 2.27 million in the five months, from 2.39 million in the year-earlier period, the association said in a statement on its website on Monday.

In May, international arrivals dropped 6.7 percent to 1.18 million.

Thirteen airports that account for 95 percent of air arrivals from abroad were surveyed.

Athens International Airport, Greece?s biggest, saw a 13 percent drop in the five months, to 804,162, and a 17 percent decline in May.

Traffic has slumped as the economic crisis hits travel spending across Europe and protests dent Greece?s image abroad, the airport said in a statement last month.


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