Τετάρτη 19.06.2024 ΚΕΡΚΥΡΑ

11.6% increase in international flight bookings to Corfu this year

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10 Μαΐου 2024 / 14:17

CORFU. According to data from INSETE for this year, the number of bookings is 2,189,010 compared to 1,961,995 in 2023.

According to the latest data from the Airdata Tracker (published on 08/05) of the Institute of Greek Tourism Enterprises (INSETE), the number of scheduled airline seats on inbound international flights shows an increase of 11.6% compared to last year.

If the data is confirmed, Corfu Airport is expected to set a new visitor record, surpassing last year's, with 1.8 million international passengers. April already closed with an increase of 16.5% in international arrivals, and May has started dynamically.

In absolute numbers, the scheduled airline seats for international flights for the entire current season at Corfu AIrport amount to 2,189,010 compared to 1,961,995 in the 2023 tourist season.

Which countries are top of the list

The largest volume of scheduled airline seats during the period of March to October 2024 is from the United Kingdom with 813,207 compared to 723,886 in the corresponding period last year, marking an increase of 12.3%.

In second position is the German market, with 381,550 airline seats (an increase of 1.8%), followed by the Italy with 224,452, - a 16% increase. The fourth position is held by France with 119,683 airline seats (an increase of 23.8%) compared to 96,648 in the 2023 season, while the top five is completed by Poland with 102,070 seats and a marginal increase of 1.3%.

Encouragingly, data from Czechia, which follows, also shows an increase of 58.3% with 81,323 airline seats compared to 51,363 in the previous year.

Beginning and end of season

There are also positive indications regarding the beginning and end of the season, something desired by all the tourism stakeholders on the island, in order to have a spread of visitors across more months, leading to the desired extension of the tourist season.

According to the available data from the Airdata Tracker (the digital hub of INSETE for the analysis of incoming international flight data), there are positive developments in airline seat reservations in April (85,309), May (215,882), September (374,231), and October (207,559), recording an increase compared to the corresponding months of last year.

The largest volume of scheduled airline seats is of course recorded in the heart of the tourist season. June shows an increase of 16.9% with 370,555 seats, July 21.1% with 460,831 seats, and August 21.5% with 471,642 seats.

 

 

8.4% increase for whole of Greece

 

Regarding the overall picture for the country, for this season, there is an increase of 8.4% in airline seat reservations compared to last year.

Overall, scheduled airline seats amount to 27,025,200 according to the latest update on May 8th. Double-digit percentage increases are recorded at the airports of Athens (9,240,017 airline seats, +13.8%), Corfu (2,189,010, +11.6%), Zakynthos (1,022,841, +12.3%), Chania (1,321,431, +10.2%), Kalamata (169,517, +25.8%), Lesvos (60,139, +29.4%), and Araxos (66,865, +31.3%), while Rhodes (2,878,009, +9.1%) and Heraklion (3,743,165, +8.6%) rank high in visitors' preferences.

On the other hand, there is a decrease of 10.1% in airline seat reservations for the popular Mykonos, while Santorini (-1.8%) and Cephalonia (-1.5%) show marginal decreases.

 

MARIA BAZDRIYIANNI

Photo: Enimerosi archive