Turkey's airport in Antalya, a popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast, has set a new daily flight record on Tuesday, according to information released by a top official.
According to Governor Ersin Yazc, a total of 1,003 planes landed and took off from Antalya Airport on Saturday, setting a new record for the city. The governor stated at a local event that an impressive 81,104 foreign visitors had arrived in the Mediterranean resort city on that day alone. With this figure, Antalya Airport was the second busiest Turkish airport, he added.
He went on to say: "We're having a record-breaking season, we're happy, we're satisfied. I'm hoping it gets even better.”
According to recent data released, Antalya had received more than four million tourists this so far this year, as of Sunday, he added.
Turkish Airports hit levels prior to COVID-19
Meanwhile, according to previous statements by officials, the density at Turkish airports is already starting to approach the levels seen prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
According to the Transport and Infrastructure Minister, the total number of air passengers increased in Turkey by nearly 187% in May to 15.86 million people when compared to the previous year.
Statistics showed that between January and May in 2022, the figure surpassed 57 million people, with 28.57 million people travelling on domestic flights and 28.41 million people travelling on international flights.
The figure surpassed 30 million people in 2021 and 33.7 million people in 2020, respectively, overshadowed by travel restrictions imposed by the Turkish government to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Domestic and international flight traffic increased by 54.7% and 161.4%, respectively, from January to May of last year, for a total increase amounting to 94.5%.
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