Foreign and domestic air arrivals rise

Greek Civil Aviation Authority data showed on Monday that air arrivals from abroad at Greek airports posted a 15 percent rise in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2013, reaching 12.13 million, boosted by a rise in visitors from Britain, France and the US.

In August alone Greek airports received 14.4 percent more passengers from abroad than in August 2013, reaching up to almost 3 million.

However there was also an impressive 17.7 percent rise in domestic arrivals, which numbered 3.96 million passengers. August saw a 25.2 percent annual rise to 716,000 arrivals.

Statistics also showed a significant increase in tourism revenue, which recorded a 13.8 percent year-on-year increase in the first seven months of 2014, climbing to 6.68 billion euros.