Passenger traffic at Greek airports over the January-November period this year achieved a new record, on the tail of a 23.5%-increase compared to the corresponding 11-month period of 2022 and up by 12.7% compared to pre-pandemic 2019, according to figures released on Friday by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Twenty-four regional airports are still managed by CAA in the country; 14 by the German-Greek consortium Fraport Greece, and the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport (AIA) by a private holding company.

Passenger traffic over the Jan-Nov 2023 period exceeded 69.77 million passengers, while traffic for all of 2022 exceeded 63.67 million, CAA announced.

The figure for 2019 was more than 61.66 million passengers.

Last month passenger traffic rose by 23.55% (2,925,746 passengers) compared to the same month in 2022 (2,369,079 passengers) and by 12.7% (2,596,285 passengers) in 2019.

In terms of flights, both arrivals and departures, international and domestic, a total of 24,842 flights were recorded in November 2023, compared to 23,218 in the corresponding month of 2022; 23,774 in 2019. The number of flights rose by 7% in November 2023 compared to the same month in 2022, and by 4.5% compared to November 2019.

During the entire Jan-Nov 2023 period, a total of 537,172 flights were recorded, compared to 528,292 over the same period of 2022 and 502,646 in the Jan-Nov 2019 period – up by 1.7% yoy, and up by 6.9% compared to 2019’s figures.