Last year verified AIA’s high expectations regarding passenger traffic as in 2016 a new all-time record was achieved and consequently the optimistic, 20 million passengers’ barrier was broken for the very first time.
This figure signifies both Athens’ increasing popularity as a touristic destination and the Airport’s new challenge to be prepared for a busier 2017. Ypodomes.com had predicted a few weeks earlier that the 20 million passengers’ threshold would be probably crossed for just a few thousands; the final figure for 2016, was indeed 20,17,530 recording an impressive increase of 10.7% compared to 2015 or 1.9 million more passengers.
This distinction is a continuation of a positive streak and consecutive records since 2013. It is rather impressive that compared to 2012, with a disappointing 12 million passengers, AIA has built up a stunning 70% increase within just 4 years.
Only in December 2016, the recorded traffic was 1.35 million surpassing December 2015 by 14.3%. The statistic breakdown regarding passenger traffic is really encouraging too: domestic flights’ passengers increased by 8.3% and international flights’ passengers by 18%. Greek passengers increased by a dynamic 19% and international passengers by 7%.
Both domestic and international flights’ passengers increased in double figures: 11.2% and 10.4% respectively reaching 7.15 million and 12.87 million. These significant increases reflect surge in Greek passengers (+15%) and foreign visitors (+8%).
The total number of flights for 2016 in AIA was 189k, increased by 7.4% compared to 2015. More specifically, domestic flights increased by 6.4% and international flights by 8.1%.
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