Tourist traffic to the islands of the South Aegean for the current tourist year in the international markets continues to be at high levels, which can also be seen from the planned direct international air arrivals, which took place in the month of June.
Taking into account the figures of arrivals to the five international airports of the South Aegean (Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos), reports the South Aegean Initiative for Tourism*, it is not out of place to claim that the arrivals of foreign visitors to the tourist year of 2022 in the Cyclades and Dodecanese, will surpass the levels of 2019, as a result of the successful strategy and management of the destination during the challenging two years of the pandemic.
Already so far, this year’s April has surpassed April 2019’s arrivals by 13% and May by 5%. Likewise, June 2022 presents a truly impressive course, surpassing by 13% June of the last pre-pandemic year.
Best June compared to 2019 for Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini
Compared to the landmark year of 2019, all four islands of Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini “took off” in June, recording more arrivals compared to 2019, at least until the 26th of the month. Specifically in the Dodecanese, Rhodes and Kos are moving towards increases compared to 2019 of the order of 8% and 3% respectively, while in the Cyclades the percentages are higher, 22% for Mykonos and 49% for Santorini.
One international flight every five minutes
In particular, only during the first 26 days of June, according to the official data of Fraport and CAA, 4,898 planes landed at the five international airports of the South Aegean carrying 771,941 passengers, of which approximately half (376,415,042) chose Rhodes , 182,410 in Kos, 114,873 in Santorini, 83,581 in Mykonos and 14,662 in Karpathos. Characteristic of the high traffic enjoyed by the airports is that, as can be observed from the flight boards especially on peak days, an international flight lands every five minutes.
1,700,000 visitors via air flights the account of the first three months
1,550,059 visitors have been attracted until June 26 to the destinations of the South Aegean, through direct flights, which added to the passengers arriving in the Cyclades and Dodecanese, through the Athens International Airport El. Venizelos during the months of April and May, they approach 1,700,000.
The South Aegean Tourism Initiative was created in 2020 to promote and protect the image of the South Aegean as a tourist destination and works for its unified coordination and joint representation both domestically and internationally. The South Aegean Tourism Initiative is made up of the South Aegean Region, the Municipality of Rhodes and productive, scientific and social bodies of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades.