The Bank of Greece announced this week that Greece welcomed a record 27+m tourists last year, according to GTP. Bank of Greece figures revealed that the number of inbound visitors to last year rose by 9.7% to 27.194m, compared to 24.799m tourists in 2016. The data showed that arrivals through Greek airports increased by 9.9%, while visitor flows through road border-crossing points also grew by 8.7%.
In yet more good news for the tourism sector, UK-based airline Easyjet has announced the addition of further Greek destinations to its summer schedule, connecting Chania with Lyon and Nice, as well as Venice, with Corfu. The airline already flies to several European destinations from Greece giving passengers alternative options.
The airline’s county director Thomas Haagensen highlighted its expansion in Greece over the years: “EasyJet currently offers 85 itineraries from Greece and is expected to carry more than 2.5 million passengers this year. EasyJet is committed to make traveling easier for our Greek customers, connecting them with Europe’s major capitals, either for leisure or business,” he said.
In more recent years, Ryannair, another low-cost airline, has also established a base in Athens by offering flights to various European destinations as well as domestic ones.