Passenger numbers drop at Beirut airport amid violence

Lebanon's main airport sees a decline in passenger numbers. (File photo: Reuters)

Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport saw a 10 percent decline in the number of arriving passengers in July, The Daily Star reported on Saturday.

The report said that despite of the drop in July, cumulative figures for the first seven months of the year still showed a five percent increase compared to last year.

The number of flights in July declined more than 22 percent year on year and the air shipment continued to grow in July, the report added.

Meanwhile, air shipment continued to grow in July, with imports and exports increasing 20 percent and air mail going up by 10 percent.

During the past month, Lebanon has seen a surge in violence, which many blame on spillover from the neighboring crisis-torn Syria.

Earlier this month, Lebanon bolstered efforts to ensure the safety of tourists in the country, and in particular Turkish nationals, following the abduction of two Turkish Airline pilots in Beirut as they left the airport.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41