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Beirut airport passengers up 11% in first quarter of 2016

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - April 15, 2016, 08h18

Figures released by the Hariri International Airport (HIA) show that the number of airport passengers (arrivals, departures, transit) totaled 1,523,775 in the first quarter of 2016, constituting a rise of 10.8% from 1,374,825 passengers in the same quarter last year, reported Byblos Bank's Lebanon This Week.

The total number of arriving passengers rose by 11.1% year-on-year to 735,977 in the first quarter of 2016, compared to an increase of 11.9% in the same quarter of 2015 and to a decrease of 6.2% in the first quarter of 2014. Also, the number of departing passengers rose by 10.4% year-on-year to 782,299 in the first quarter of 2016, relative to an increase of 7.1% in the same quarter of 2015 and to a drop of 10% in the first quarter of 2014.

In parallel, the airport's aircraft activity rose by 11% year-on-year to 16,056 take-offs and landings in the first quarter of 2016, compared to an increase of 3% in the first quarter last year and to a decrease of 0.9% in the same quarter of 2014. In addition, the HIA processed 18,664 metric tons of freight in the first quarter of 2016 that consisted of 12,609 tons of import freight and 6,055 tons of export freight.

In parallel, Middle East Airlines had 5,587 flights in the first quarter of 2016 and accounted for 34.8% of total aircraft movement at the HIA.

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