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Airline passengers in Turkey now over 150 million

Turkey’s airline industry enjoyed its best ever year in 2013 as passenger flight numbers leaped to over 150 million for the first time.

Transportation Minister Lütfi Elvan recently announced that, while there has been steady year-on-year growth since the industry was de-regulated in 2003, last year saw a significant 14% increase upon the figures from 2012.

Elvan also stated that the biggest impact has been due to the huge growth in domestic passenger traffic across all sectors of the social spectrum, which saw numbers soar by 17.6% to 76.1 million passengers in 2013 – a total that actually exceeds the country’s entire population!

International passenger traffic was also up – by some 11.8% – with total inbound visitors for 2013 numbering close to 74 million.

Once again, Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport was by far the country’s busiest transport hub, handling over 17 million domestic and 34 million international passengers, with an average increase of 13%.

Photo credit: AA

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