Thursday, June 24, 2021

Greek Passenger Traffic Marks 673% Increase, But Has Yet to Meet  Pre-Pandemic Traffic Levels

The passenger traffic in Greek airports during May has increased by 673.4 per cent compared to the same period last year, the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed.

According to the report published by the authority, international arrivals reached 383,107 travellers, which 14,273 passengers more than it was in May 2020, marking a 2,584 per cent increase, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Moreover, the number of international and domestic flights was 194.3 per cent more than last year, accounting for 19,608 flights.

The total passenger traffic was 1,250,187 million passengers, marking a 673.4 per cent increase compared to May 2020.

However, despite a significant increase noted, figures in May 2021 are 97.2 per cent down compared to the pre-pandemic period.

During the five-month period (January-May), passenger traffic marked 2,913,951 million passengers, 48 per cent less than May 2020. On the other hand, flights were down by 16 per cent, accounting for 61,172 (42,730 domestic and 18,442 international).

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recently extended the current NOTAM set on May 14 to keep the entry ban for non-EU citizens until June 26.

This NOTAM does not apply to any European Union member state and Schengen Zone country.

The NOTAM also excludes citizens from several third countries including, Australia, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, New Zealand, South Korea, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Thailand, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Japan and Lebanon.

Travellers arriving from any of these countries must provide an authorised medical certificate that proves the holder has been vaccinated 14 days before arrival or tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 72 hours.

According to the Greek Government spokeswoman, Aristotelia Peloni, five islands hosting migrant reception centres will receive a 30 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) reduction.

The beneficiaries will be Chios, Leros, Samos, Kos and Lesvos as long as the reception centres for migrants will be located in these islands.

Peloni also noted that the situation was steadily improving and allowing new steps toward greater freedom in economic and social life.

The country has been among the first EU countries to start issuing the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport in a bid to establish a free and safe movement for EU citizens as well as revive tourism, which has been significantly affected by the pandemic.



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