Athenians Flock Out of Athens for Easter Weekend

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Many Athenians continued their departure from the Greek capital on Good Friday for the Easter holidays. A total of 18 ferries were scheduled to depart from the port of Piraeus for the Aegean islands, with another 32 ferries bound for the Argosaronic Gulf islands. Fourteen additional ferries were set to leave Rafina for the Aegean islands, along with ten from Lavrio.

The previous day, Thursday, saw a flurry of activity at the ports. Twenty-one ferries departed Piraeus for the Aegean islands, carrying 4,275 vehicles and 27,263 passengers. Rafina saw 16 ferries leave with 11,941 passengers and 2,767 vehicles, while Lavrio sent off ten ferries carrying 3,721 passengers and 1,105 vehicles.

Meanwhile, traffic on the roads leading out of Athens began to build on Friday as motorists embarked on their journeys to celebrate Easter in villages and the countryside. The exodus was expected to reach its peak in the coming hours.

Official figures from the traffic police revealed that between 6:00 a.m. on Thursday and 6:00 a.m. on Friday, 119,896 vehicles passed through the tolls on the motorways towards Corinth and Lamia. Additionally, to manage traffic flow, trucks weighing more than 3.5 tonnes were prohibited from using the outward-bound lanes between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Good Friday.

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