Greece prospers

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ancient Kamiros

Kamiros on the Greek island of Rhodes

It may seem a little surprising but one of the best ways to find out how well Greece is faring in terms of tourism is to look at passenger numbers released by the German airport company, Fraport.

Not only does Fraport control operations at Frankfurt Airport but it also runs Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia and Lima Airport in Peru but it looks after fourteen Greek airports, Antalya in Turkey and two Bulgarian airports – Varna and Burgas – on the Black Sea coastline.

The fourteen Greek airports achieved combined traffic growth of 9.7 percent to some 5.0 million passengers in July 2017.  This means that it is performing at twice the forecast made for international growth. The conclusion must be that Greece is having a good year – again!

The busiest of the Greek airports included Rhodos Airport with around 1 million passengers (up 4.1%), Thessaloniki Airport with 759,196 passengers (up 16.0%) and Kerkyra Airport on the island of Corfu with 619,452 passengers (up 4.1%).

Meanwhile one of Turkey’s main tourist airports, Antalya, is rebounding after the decline caused by domestic political issues and terrorism activities. It saw some 4.2 million people in July, a surge of 64.9% which not only shows how much the Turkey has suffered but also how strong the bounce-back is beginning to look.

Looking at those other places where Fraport operates outside Germany, Ljubljana saw growth of 21.4%, Lima had a 10.2% rise and St Petersburg in Russia notched up a growth of 23.6%. Fraport even operates in China. At Xi’an Airport, traffic jumped by 11.3 percent to some 3.7 million passengers.

 

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