File photo: Άφιξη τουριστών στο αεροδρόμιο της Κέρκυρας Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας, την Τετάρτη 1 Ιουλίου 2020. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/ΣΤΑΜΑΤΗΣ ΚΑΤΑΠΟΔΗΣ
Some 21,100 passengers and 55 international flights arrived at Athens International Airport on July 1, the first day of the full nationwide reopening of Greek airports, Athens airport officials said on Thursday.
This is a considerable increase compared to the 12,000 passengers and 30 international flights that arrived at Athens International Airport on June 30, they added.
The international airports at Athens and Thessaloniki had reopened on June 15.
Meanwhile, on July 1 budget air carrier Ryanair relaunched its full flight itinerary out of Athens, towards 30 international destinations.
The first tourists to arrive on Lesvos island after the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 110 Dutch nationals, arrived at the Mytilini airport on Thursday afternoon, a day after Greece opened all airports to direct international flights.
The same Corendon Airlines flight also landed at Samos island, where another 60 Dutch tourists disembarked.
At the Lesvos airport, they were welcomed with traditional music and dancing, and samples of local cuisine. The event was organized by the North Aegean Region, the association of tourism agents and the Lesvos chamber of commerce.
Following the protocol at all airports with arrivals from abroad, 30 passengers were tested randomly for the coronavirus.
Another flight with Dutch nationals is scheduled for Friday, while a TUI flight with tourists from the Netherlands is also scheduled for mid-July.