BEIRUT: The Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport saw a 10 percent decline in the number of passengers in July.
In spite of the drop in July, cumulative figures for the first seven months of the year still show a 5 percent increase compared to last year.
The number of flights in July declined more than 22 percent year on year.
Air shipment continued to grow in July, with imports and exports increasing about 20 percent and mail going up by about 10 percent.
In spite of a double-digit decline in the number of tourists, the airport had so far managed to uphold a solid growth in passengers.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 23, 2013, on page 5.