- Passenger numbers: 1.5 million, -3.1% year-on-year;
- Domestic: 476,472, -4.1%;
- International: 973,915, -2.7%;
- Aircraft movements: 15,343, -5.7%;
- Domestic: 6930, -10.3%;
- International: 8413, -1.6%.
Athens International Airport pax down 3% in Jul-2013
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