Routes Reconnected: Athens passenger traffic more than doubled between 2013 and 2019
The year 2019 was significant for Athens, with its passenger traffic more than doubling over 2013 following seven consecutive years of unprecedented growth.
Key reasons for this were both comprehensive airline incentive schemes, and the heavy promotion of ‘Destination Athens’.
Between 2013 and 2019, tourist arrivals grew by 146% and Athens’ network developed reached 157 destinations, a 56% increase.
2020 was set to be another recorded too, with 4.5% more passenger traffic recorded in January and February.
Athens added three new destinations in S20
Athens was set to welcome five new airlines this year and nine new routes were announced. These were: Shanghai; Addis Ababa; Bilbao; Birmingham; Paphos; Cagliari; Gyumri; Montpellier; and Odessa.
Despite coronavirus, the airport added three new destinations in S20: Montpellier with Transavia France, Dortmund with Wizz Air, and Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines.
An additional 10 existing routes saw more service in S20: LOT Polish to Warsaw; Volotea to Corfu, Lyon, and Marseille; Ryanair to Toulouse and Chania, and Wizz Air to Larnaca, London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, and Vienna.
And coming this December is Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to the UAE capital, with Athens one of the first European airports for this new AOC.
To support airlines, Athens offered significant discounts on parking charges for grounded aircraft and for airlines maintaining operations between May and June. And this winter, temporary measures have also been introduced as travel restrictions and local lockdowns are reintroduced around the world.
There’s little doubt that Athens’ booming development will continue once again in the following years, aided by its attractiveness as a destination, the hub for Greece, plenty of capacity, and strong incentives.