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Greece’s troubled economy is more reliant that many in Europe on in-bound tourism. Latest figures from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority for the peak month of July show that passenger numbers across all Greek airports are down 4.3% compared with last July, but are above the level of July 2009 and July 2010. However, if we exclude Athens (the country’s busiest airport where passenger numbers fell by 12% in July), traffic levels at all other Greek airports combined is down just 1.3% compared with July 2011.
Among Greece’s top 15 airports in July, eight of them reported a reduction in year-on-year traffic, while seven reported growth. The fastest-growing Greek airport this summer is Kefallinia (also known as Kefalonia), located on one of the Ionian Islands to the west of the Greek mainland.