The number of passengers taking domestic and international flights in the first six months of 2016 has reached more than 80 million in Turkey, the General Directorate of the State Airports Authority said in a statement on Wednesday.
The number of passengers using Turkish airports has been almost the same compared to the number belonged to 2015 despite the terror attacks Turkey has experienced throughout the year, the authority said.
Also during June, the number of domestic flights increased by 8.4 percent, or more than 79,400 flights, because of Eid al-Fitr rush. However, the number of international flights decreased by 18.4 percent to 50,144 flights.
Turkish airports served more than eight million passengers in domestic flights and 6,232,000 passengers in international flights in June, a decrease of 15.7 percent, compared to the same period last year.
Istanbul's Atatürk Airport remains as the busiest airport in Turkey, with 61.3 million passengers last year, an increase of eight percent from 2014. Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Istanbul's main air hub on the Asian side, was second, with the number of passengers increasing to over 28 million last year from 23.5 million in 2014.
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