Arrivals in April rise but lower over 4 months

The number of visitor arrivals from abroad and elsewhere in Greece increased at Athens International Airport (AIA) in April, despite widespread expectations for them to fall. AIA figures showed yesterday that international passengers in April rose 2.8 percent to 879,124 from 849,179 in the same month a year earlier. Domestic passengers arrivals in April also rose, adding 5.9 percent to 497,851 passengers. The broader picture for the first four months of the year is less upbeat but outperforms expectations for a drop of up to 20 percent in visitor numbers. Between January to April, total visitors traveling through AIA fell 4.4 percent year-on-year to 4.24 million euros. Tourism groups have said they expect an annual drop in arrivals this year of 15 to 20 percent due to the crisis.

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