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Airports of Turkey recorded a number of 52,3 million air passengers in January – August period

7 September 2020
Airports of Turkey recorded a number of 52,3 million air passengers in January – August period

Nearly 52,29 million air passengers, including transit passengers, travelled through airports in Turkey in January – August, according to the country's airport authority.

The General Directorate of State Airports Authority said on 5th of September, the eight month figure decreased 62,9% versus the same period last year. The drop stemmed from global COVID-19 related measures. 

Domestic passenger number shrank 52,3% to 32,27 million, while 19,98 million passengers took international flight, down 72,5% during the same period. 

Turkish Airports served more than 672,000 planes including overflights in the first eight months of this year, down from 1,36 million year on year. The report also said cargo traffic stood at 1,47 million tons in the first eight months of 2020 compared to 2,7 million tons on a yearly basis. 

Since originating in China last December, the pandemic has infected millions of people and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives globally. Measures to stem the novel COVID-19 hit several sectors deeply, especially travel, aviation, tourism and manufacturing.

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