Almost 22 million passengers passed the airport in 2017 and new records are expected this year
The largest airport in Greece is undergoing an impressive recovery. Between 2007 and 2013 the number of passengers dropped from 16.5 million to 12.5 million because of the intense economic downturn. But last year the airport welcomed 21.7 million travellers – an increase of 70 per cent.
According to the Anker report, Athens International Airport is profiting from an increase in connections, mainly by Greek carrier Aegean and its regional subsidiary Olympic Air. From 50 connections operating in 2013, the carrier has increased its volumes to more than 100.
The airline is concentrating on short- and medium-haul routes. So far it hasn’t entered the long-haul market.
Greece’s capital also benefits from Scoots operations to and from Singapore, which launched last year. These are the airport’s longest routes, beating transatlantic connections to Toronto, Philadelphia, New York and Montreal.
By adding 12 new routes from Athens, Ryanair will set a new record. The new connections are to Billund, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Heraklion, Karlsruhe/Baden -Baden, Krakow, Lappeenranta, Lodz, Memmingen, Rzeszow, Vilnius and Wroclaw.
Wizz Air will return to Athens after 10 years. In 2014 it had connections from Katowice and Budapest, but now the carrier will now operate routes to Bucharest, Chisinau, Cluj-Napoca, Kutaisi, London LTN, Sofia and Vilnius.
Cyprus Airways (from Larnaka), Primera Air (from Aalborg, Billund and Copenhagen) and Flynas, which is set to begin services from Riyadh, have announced new operations at Athens as well. EasyJet will start a route to Basel on 1 August, while Sky Express is to add two new domestic routes in mid-July.