Türkiye’s General Directorate Of State Airports Authority announced airline, passenger and cargo statistics for the first quarter of 2023.
Turkish airports welcomed more than 38.9 million passengers, including transit passengers, in January-March, according to official data released today. The three-month figure grew 31.5% from a year ago.
In the first quarter of this year, domestic passenger traffic at airports in Turkey increased by 17.6 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 18 million 755 thousand, international passenger traffic increased by 48.3 percent to 20 million 193 thousand.
The increase in the number of passengers at the airports continued in March as well. On March 2023, air traffic reached 64 thousand 29 with an increase of 17.4 percent in domestic flights and 49 thousand 817 with an increase of 33.6 percent in international flights. With the overpasses in March, the total air traffic increased by 24.5 percent to 149 thousand 736.
Türkiye’s airports served 436,550 planes, including overflights, in the first quarter of 2023.
Istanbul Airport welcomed more than 40% of total passenger traffic in the country with 16.5 million passengers, of which 3.6 million were on domestic routes and 12.9 million on international ones.
The mega airport served a total of 113,845 airplanes in the three months to March.
The second-busiest hub was Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the city’s Anatolian side, which attracted 7.9 million air passengers.
It was followed by Antalya Airport in the Turkish Mediterranean resort city, which saw 2.8 million passengers.
On the flip side, cargo traffic in Turkiye’s airports fell 4.6% from the same period of last year to nearly 347,072 tons. (AA)