ECONOMY

Foreign arrivals in Greece up 9.6 percent in January-July

The number of arrivals at Greece’s 16 largest airports was up 9.6 percent in the January-July 2013 period, from 6.3 million in the respective period last year to 6.9 million, according to data issued by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE).

Around nine-tenths of the increase was accounted for by foreign arrivals.

Kalamata International Airport recorded the steepest increase, up 43.5 percent to 31,149, followed by Hania with 20.2 percent to 487,324, Santorini with 19.7 percent to 131,290, Cephalonia with 17.7 percent to 131,096 and Iraklio with 17 percent to 1,340,889.

Arrivals at Athens International Airport, the country’s biggest, were down 0.43 percent at 1,438,886.

Thessaloniki arrivals were up 1.30 percent to 776,469, while Rhodes handled 9.78 percent more arrivals, at a total of 970,145.