More people booked cheap flights to Athens in January compared to the same month last year.
This is according to new figures from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which revealed a 10.6 percent year-on-year increase in the number of flight passengers travelling to or from the Greek capital.
Overall, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports increased by 3.9 percent between January 2009 and the same month this year, with Istanbul, Madrid Barajas and Frankfurt also performing particularly well.
ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said January’s figures confirm the improvements experienced across the continent over the last few months.
He did, however, say that the growth in passenger traffic had been "modest" compared to the recovery of freight traffic.
"With airlines – especially legacy carriers – focusing on yield recovery and still wary of adding capacity, this two-speed recovery is likely to remain a pattern for the months ahead," he explained.
Airports across Europe recently announced that capacity, the environment, global connectivity and security are their four main challenges in the 21st century.