Lebanon sees increase in airline passengers
Lebanon’s civil aviation recorded an increase in the number of passengers on a year-over-year basis as of November 2011 while the number of flights decreased from the previous month, statistics issued Sunday by the Directorate of Civil Aviation statistics said.
The statistics showed a rise in the number of passengers year over year by 1.54 percent with 5,208,179 passengers, including 746,470 in November 2011. The total number of passengers in November rose by 0.31 percent with a 0.08 percent increase in incoming passengers but a 0.05 percent decrease in departing passengers compared to November 2010, the report said.
Despite the increase in the number of passengers, the number of commercial flights saw a 2.18 percent decrease in November 2011 compared to November 2010. But the total number of flights increased by 1.78 percent during the first 11 months of the year compared to last year.
Private jet flights fell sharply by 15.85 percent in November 2011 compared to same month last year, the report said while the total number of private jet flights fell by 30 percent year over year.
Air freight through the airport increased by 1,62 percent after imports rose by 9.28 and exports decreased by 7.68 in November 2011 compared to the same month last year while total air freight dropped 5.42 percent in 2011.
Despite the cancellation of most MEA flights during the last three days of November, statistics didn’t reflect a sharp drop in the number of passengers. MEA pilots had kicked off a strike Nov. 27 after a conflict with management erupted over the sacking of a cancer-stricken pilot.