Istanbul Airport was the second busiest in the world last year in terms of international passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International (ACI).
Turkey’s mega airport handled 26.5 million passengers last year, up 66% from 2021, but the number of passengers who passed through Istanbul Airport was 33% lower than of 2020, when COVID-19 related restrictions hit the global air travel and tourism industries.
The airport in the popular holiday destination of Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast ranked eighth on ACI’s list of the ’10 busiest airports in the world’.
International passenger traffic at Antalya Airport jumped more than 160% last year compared to 2021 to reach 17.2 million people.
Turkish airports served 128 million people last year, up more than 57% from 2021, with international passenger numbers rising 87% to 59.7 million people. Domestic passenger traffic at airports increased by 38% to 68.7 million.
In the first quarter of 2022, passenger traffic at Istanbul Airport increased by 106% to 11.4 million, while the number of international travelers increased by 107% to 8.5 million, according to the latest data from the Directorate General of State Airports Authority (DHMİ).
In the category of international traffic, Dubai Airport tops the ACI list with 29.1 million passengers, while in terms of total passengers, Atlanta Airport ranks first. with 75.7 million.
ACI’s global passenger traffic rankings tell the story of an encouraging trend of recovery, with most of the busiest airports recurring before COVID-19 back at the top, said the global chief executive of the ACI. ‘ICA, Luis Felipe de Oliveira.
“While we are cautious that the recovery could face multiple headwinds, the momentum created by countries’ reopening plans could lead to increased travel in the second half of 2022,” he added. .