ECONOMY

Passenger traffic declines in first seven months

Athens International Airport said yesterday that passenger traffic declined 1.5 percent in the first seven months of 2010. The total number of people passing through the airport was 8.9 million, down from 9.1 million in the same period a year ago, the company said in a statement. International travelers decreased 0.8 percent and domestic passengers rose 4.2 percent, it added. Last month, 8 percent fewer fliers passed through the airport than in July 2009. International travelers in the first of the two key summer months fell 5.3 percent to 1.1 million, the statement said. Athens Airport is majority-owned by the Greek state and managed by German construction company Hochtief. Figures released earlier this month showed that the number of tourists entering Greece in the first seven months of the year via one of the country’s 13 largest airports fell by just over 1 percent to 5.9 million people.