Athens International airport's passenger numbers slipped 1.3% to 5.3 million during May to August, as an increased number of overseas travellers failed to offset the reduced number of domestic travellers.
The Greek airport says domestic passenger numbers fell 12% over the summer period as travel continues to be hit by the hard economic conditions in the country.
Passengers from overseas though rose 6.5% to 1.7 million between August and May. "Foreign residents originating from long-haul destinations showed a significant recovery trend, especially those originating from Australia (19%), Canada (45%) and USA (9%)," the airport operator says.
The number of visitors from the UAE increasing by 69%, while passenger numbers from non-EU countries rose 22%, mainly from Switzerland and Turkey.
Traffic from EU countries declined 2%, although Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden posted a double-digit growth.
Passenger traffic has fallen for the last five years at Athens airport since the financial crisis began, meaning total passenger numbers have dropped from 16.5 million in 2008 and to just under 13 million last year. But the drop in summer traffic this year of 1.3% is a marked improvement on the 10.4% fall seen at the airport across the 2012 calendar year.