The number of passengers traveling from Istanbul’s airports in the first 11 months of the year increased by 49% compared to the same period of 2020.
Turkish civil aviation, which has overcome the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has started to gain momentum again in terms of flight frequency and passenger density.
There was a significant increase in passenger and flight statistics at Istanbul Airport – the city’s mega airport on the European side – as well as Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Anatolian side and Atatürk Airport, which closed to passenger traffic in 2021, compared to the previous year.
A total of 33.261 million passengers flew from Istanbul Airport in January-November, according to the data of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI). Of the passengers passing through the airport, 9.635 million preferred domestic destinations, and 23.626 million flew onward to points abroad.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport, meanwhile, hosted 14.986 million domestic and 7.772 million international passengers in the first 11 months of the year, the data showed.
A total of 251,647 flights were made at Istanbul Airport between January and November of this year. Of those flights, 72,813 were domestic and 178,834 were international.