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Qatar airport passenger traffic falls, cargo imports rises

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Qatar’s Hamad International Airport recorded a sharp decline in passenger traffic in the first half of 2018 amid a protracted dispute with Arab states that severed ties with Doha.

The number of passengers using Hamad International fell 13 percent to 16.5 mln in the six months to June 30, 2018 from 19 mln in the same period last year, according to Reuters calculations based on data released by the airport on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, cargo volumes rose 7.6 percent to 1.05 mln tones over the same period, as more imports has been flown into Qatar, Reuters calculated.