The passenger traffic, which greatly decreased throughout the world and in Turkey during the COVID-19 epidemic, which affected the whole world in 2020, has entered a rapid recovery process since the beginning of 2022.
The increase in air traffic and passenger numbers, which started in the first months of last year with the decrease of the effect of the epidemic, continued in the first two months of 2023.
Compared to last year, significant increases were seen in the number of passengers hosted at Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen airports in the first 2 months of this year.
3 million 723 thousand 746 passengers increase at Istanbul Airport
According to the information compiled from the data on the website of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI), 10 million 768 thousand 64 passengers used Istanbul Airport in the first 2 months of this year.
2 million 396 thousand 623 of these passengers traveled from domestic lines and 8 million 371 thousand 441 of them traveled from international lines.
Istanbul Airport, which was used by 7 million 44 thousand 318 passengers, 1 million 855 thousand 530 passengers domestic and 5 million 188 thousand 788 international passengers in the same period of the previous year, increased the number of passengers by 3 million 723 thousand 746 compared to the same period of the previous year.
5 million 204 thousand 29 passengers flew from Sabiha Gökçen Airport
In the January-February period of this year, 5 million 204 thousand 29 people traveled from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, including 2 million 476 thousand 510 on domestic flights and 2 million 727 thousand 519 passengers on international flights.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is used by 4 million 102 thousand 307 passengers, including 2 million 102 thousand 197 domestic and 2 million 110 international flights, the number of passengers in the January-February period of this year is 18 percent in domestic lines and 18 percent in international lines. increased by 36 percent.
Passenger increase at Istanbul airports reached 43 percent in 2 months
In the first 2 months of this year, a total of 15 million 972 thousand 93 passengers traveled from Istanbul airports, of which 4 million 873 thousand 133 on domestic lines and 11 million 98 thousand 960 on international lines.
Airports in Istanbul, where 11 million 146 thousand 625 people traveled in the same period of last year, increased the number of passengers by 4 million 825 thousand 468 people in the same period of this year.
The number of flights also increased
Parallel to the number of passengers in the 2 months of this year, the number of flights at Istanbul airports also increased.
In the first 2 months of 2022, 18,602 domestic flights and 55,847 international flights were organized at Istanbul Airport. At the airport, where 52 thousand 663 flights were made in the first 2 months of last year, 74 thousand 449 flights were made in the same period of this year.
This increase was calculated as 41 percent at Istanbul Airport, where flights increased by 21 thousand 786 compared to last year.
33 thousand 46 flights were made at Sabiha Gökçen Airport
29 thousand 421 flights made from Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the first two months of last year were recorded as 33 thousand 46, including 15 thousand 848 domestic and 17 thousand 198 international flights in the same period of this year.
While a total of 4,497 flights were made from Atatürk Airport in the January-February period last year, 2 thousand 611 flights were performed on domestic lines and 1402 flights on international lines, while a total of 4 thousand 13 flights were carried out in the same months of this year.
The number of 86 thousand 581 flights from Istanbul airports in the same period of last year became 111 thousand 508 with an increase of 24 thousand 927 in the first 2 months of this year.