According to the latest statistics released by the Hariri International Airport, the number of passengers at the airport increased by 10.4% year-on-year in the first three months of 2013. In total, 1,370,863 passengers used the Hariri International Airport during the first three months of 2013, broken down over 631,505 arriving passengers, 735,081 departing passengers and 4,277 transiting ones. The number of arriving passengers rose by 6.2% over the said period and that of the departing passengers increased by 16.3%.
The number of transiting passengers was down by 72.3% in the first three months of 2013 relative to the same period of 2012.
Airline activity witnessed a decline in the first three months of 2013 relative to the same period of 2012. Aircraft traffic at the airport saw a yearly drop of 4.0% to 14,175 planes, broken down over 7,094 arriving planes and 7,081 departing planes. The former were annually lower by 4.0% and the latter by 4.1% over the aforesaid period of 2013.
As to freight movement within the airport, a total of 13,027 thousand tons were imported and unloaded during the first three months of 2013 while 9,747 were loaded and exported. The first mentioned activity posted a yearly increase of 26.1% and the latter was up by 37.5%. Overall, freight movement was higher by 30.7% year-on-year to 22,774 thousand tons in the first quarter of 2013.
LWM – Bank Audi