Beirut airport sees 3 pct fewer passengers

File - Travelers push their luggage at the arrival terminal at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The number of passengers at Rafik Hariri International Airport declined by 3 percent in January 2014 compared to the same month of 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority said Wednesday.

The number of passengers in January 2014 reached 450,476 compared to 462,972 in the same month of 2013, the authority said in a report.

Commercial air traffic at the airport fell by 17 percent while private jet flights dropped by 11 percent in January.

The number of passengers arriving at the airport in January stood at 200,024 while the departures reached 249,498.

Transit passengers also fell by 24.88 percent with only 945 recorded in the month of January.

But the volume of airborne cargo rose by 9.52 percent to reach 4406,603 tons, according to the report.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 13, 2014, on page 5.




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