Qatar Airways claimed on Wednesday that all the passengers in a flight that landed in Athens on June 1 had tested negative to coronavirus when they boarded its plane in Doha.
Greece on Tuesday announced it was suspending flights to and from Qatar until mid-June, after 12 out of the 91 passengers in the flight QR203
were found to be infected.
Greece recorded 19 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, of which the 12 concerned passengers from a flight from Qatar that landed in Athens' International Airport on Monday, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
The total number of cases in the country reached 2,937, of which 55.3 percent are men.
The global airline industry is facing its worst crisis ever, with the impact already obvious at Athens International Airport, which recorded a 61.3 percent year-on-year decline in passenger traffic last month.
It only served 640,000 passengers, almost a million fewer than in March 2019, with the situation worsening in the latter half of the month.
Athens International Airport recorded a 4.3 percent year-on-year increase in traffic in October, when it was used by 2.3 million passengers.
The number traveling on international flights came to 1.63 million, an increase of 7.2 percent on October 2018. However, domestic traffic continued its downward course for a fourth consecutive month.