South Aegean Islands Mark Highest Ever Arrivals in July

Cycladic and Dodecanese islands have received the highest number of visitors yet to be recorded in July.

An impressive rise (by 9%, in comparison to numbers from 2019) in international tourist arrivals has been recorded on the Dodecanese and Cycladic islands since the beginning of the 2022. The tourist season has reached an unsurpassed new high, which was recorded in the first 10 days of July.

According to data from the Southern Aegean tourism authorities, an impressive 25% increase in international arrivals was recorded.


This July, the airports of Kos, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini have all received a record number of visitors. With the peak months of the tourist season still ahead, passenger arrivals to the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands have already exceeded 2 million (2,046,335 to be precise) via 13,006 direct international flights at the South Aegean’s five international airports.

The number of flights to these islands has significantly increased, with 2,403 total flights in the first 10 days of July alone. In the same period, Rhodes received an average of 106 aircraft per day, Kos 54, Mykonos 35 and Santorini 40.

In the Cyclades, a whopping 49,713 tourists arrived from abroad to Mykonos, which is 37% more than in the same period in 2019 (36,281 visitors). Santorini, the island of sunsets and lovers, has seen more than double figures in arrivals since 2019 with 58,071 visitors in the first 10 days of July, compared to 35,799 at that time in 2019.

Global arrivals to Rhodes have increased as well, with 173,205 passengers landing there, compared to 146,605 in the first ten days of July 2019 (that’s an 18% rise), while Kos, the island of Hippocrates, saw an influx in tourism with numbers rising by 13%, with 83,667 during less than two weeks, in comparison to 73,766 arrivals three years ago.

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