Turkey airports host 26.2 mln passengers

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Turkey welcomed 26.2 million air passengers in the first two months of 2020, the state airport authority announced on March 6.

The figure was down by 2.2 percent from the same period last year, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) said in a statement.

International passengers made up 44 percent of total passengers in the first two months of this year.

The airports saw 11.5 million air passengers on international routes, rising 8.5 percent year-on-year.

The number of passengers taking domestic routes, meanwhile, hit 14.7 million.

While the country’s airports served nearly 212,600 planes, Turkish airspace was used by 278,670 planes – including overflights – in the two-month period.

The report revealed that cargo traffic – baggage, cargo and mail – saw a rise of 3 percent on an annual basis to 537,943 tons from January to February.

The new Istanbul Airport – whose first phase officially opened in October 2018 and took over air traffic from Ataturk Airport on April 6, 2019 – welcomed 9.9 million passengers on both international and domestic routes and served over 66,649 airplanes.

Hurriyet Daily News

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