Athens International Airport
Greek authorities say a British Airways jet carrying 158 people from Cyprus to London has made a safe unscheduled landing at Athens International Airport.
Airport officials said the Airbus 320 took off from the city of Larnaca in Cyprus and was in the air on Wednesday evening when the pilot requested permission to land in Athens.
Passenger traffic at Athens International Airport topped 3 million in August for the first time thanks to a 5.2 percent annual increase, data showed on Tuesday.
The boost to traffic came from international passengers, whose numbers increased 8.1 percent, while domestic traffic declined 1.1 percent from August 2018.
A remembrance service was held Wednesday to mark 14 years since an airplane operated by Cypriot airline Helios Airways crashed in the Grammatiko region of Attica, killing the 115 passengers and six crew on board.
The ceremony was attended by politicians, local officials, Cypriot Ambassador to Athens Kyriakos Kenevezos and relatives of the victims.
A record 2.06 million international passengers passed through Athens International Airport in July.
It is the first time since the airport started operating in 2001 that international passengers have exceeded 2 million. The previous record of 1.96 million had been set in August 2018.
Total passengers in July were 2.98 million, compared to 2.85 million in July 2018.