Number of Airport Passengers Down on a Monthly Basis by 33.44% by October 2023

The activity at Rafic Hariri International Airport has significantly deteriorated in October 2023 following Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7. Although, the cumulative count of passengers at Beirut International airport surged by 17.62% annually, reaching 6,297,871 passengers by October 2023, the monthly statistics showed a decline of 33.44% by the same period. In more details, on a monthly basis, arrivals decreased by 38.94% to stand at 208,374 and departures dropped by 29.14% in October to reach 307,731. Naturally, many citizens felt compelled to flee their country due to concerns about its potential involvement in the conflict.

The breakdown of the airport’s statistics revealed that total arrivals jumped by 17.51% year-on-year (YOY) to stand at 3,063,940 by October 2023 compared to 2,607,315 by October 2022. Meanwhile number of departing passengers climbed by a yearly 18.57% to reach 3,222,662 by October 2023, compared to 2,717,832 by October 2022. Nevertheless, transit passengers dropped from 29,229 by October 2022 to 11,269 transit passengers by October 2023.

Beirut’s Airport Activity by October 2023

Number of Airport Passengers Down on a Monthly Basis by 33.44% by October 2023

Source: Beirut International Airport, BlomInvest



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