February passenger traffic at Beirut airport down 7 pct year-on-year

(The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The number of passengers at Rafik Hariri International Airport declined 7 percent in February 2014 compared with the same month of 2013, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a statement published Wednesday.

“The number of passengers in February 2014 dropped to 376,106 compared to 403,968 passengers in February 2013,” it said.

The number of incoming passengers declined by 6.06 percent, reaching 180,375, while the number of outbound passengers dropped by 7.62 percent to reach 194,465. The number of transit flight passengers decreased by 12.75 percent to 1266.

Flights dropped by 15.96 percent despite an increase in the number of incoming commercial flights by 1.21 percent and the number of outgoing commercial flights by 0.21 percent as the number of transit flights witnessed a remarkable drop of 93.56 percent.

Private jet flights also dropped 10.44 percent, while private jet transit flights decreased by 70.54 percent from 112 in February 2013 to 33 this year.

Air shipments dropped by 0.76 percent, with imports and exports decreasing by 0.27 percent and 1.59 percent respectively.

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




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