Turkish airports welcomed 14.76 million passengers last month - this was the highest January total since 2006 and a 28.5% increase compared to the same month last year.
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency, Transport, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan announced that international passengers reached 5.15 million, whilst domestic travellers reached 9.6 million – these numbers represented year on year increases on 29.4% and 28.2% respectively.
He added that Turkish airports served more than 142,000 aircraft in January, 14.3% more than in the same month last year. The 3 airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger numbers were Istanbul's Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen and Ankara's Esenboğa – these 3 showed respective year on year increases of 30%, 26% and 48%.
Last year, Turkish airports served 1.5 million aircraft and a total of 193 million passengers.