21,000 passengers passed through Athens Airport on July 1

21,000 passengers passed through Athens Airport on July 1

21,000 passengers passed through Athens Airport on July 1

More than 21,100 passengers on 55 international flights arrived at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” on July 1.

July 1 was an important day for Greece. Tourism in Greece “opened” as international arrivals were allowed to enter from all airports in the country and not just Athens and Thessaloniki.

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It was a considerable increase compared to the 12,000 passengers and 30 international flights that arrived at Athens International Airport on June 30, they added.

"Greece has already opened its gates to the world. After many days of deliberations in the EU, a list of countries from which we will receive visitors has been drawn," government spokesman Stelios Petsas stated on Thursday.

All flights are allowed to all Greek airports with the exception of direct flights from UK and Sweden until July 15.

As Petsas said, visitors will undergo a COVID-19 test at their arrival. On Wednesday 5,889 samples were collected at 16 Greek airports. "The sample tests are carried out according to risk criteria and are targeted, so it is expected to have positive incidents in these tests."

Based on a NOTAM issued by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday, all passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before they check in for their flight, providing information that will include their departure airport, the address where they will be staying and the expected duration of their stay in Greece, among others. The information on the form is a key element of the country’s planning for protection against the pandemic and preventing the spread of the virus.

"Our aim is the timely recording and isolation of possible COVID-19 incidents in order to avoid its spreading to the community," he said and underlined "we are closely monitoring the development of the pandemic in Europe and in the other countries of the world. We do not make any discounts to the protection of public health and the human lives."

Meanwhile, Ryanair yesterday announced the resumption of its flights from Athens after a period of forced shutdown due to coronavirus restrictions.

“To celebrate the new beginning of our summer program from Athens, we launched sales of seats from just €19.99 single route, for travel in August and September 2020, with the reservation completed by midnight on Friday, July 3. As these impressively low prices are expected to be quickly picked up, passengers should visit www.ryanair.com and not miss this opportunity,” Head of Sales & Marketing, Chiara Ravara said.