Lebanon is gearing up for a packed festive season.
Recent statistics show that passenger traffic at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport is expected to total nearly seven million by end of the year, according to Daily Star. The airport welcomed 14,673 passengers and is expecting the same figure every day until around 28 December 2014 an airport official was quoted.
According to the official, the seven mn figure is a year-on-year increase of 11.7% from 6,264,368 in 2013. The Ministry of Tourism also revealed that the year-on-year number of tourists visiting Lebanon from April to September this year increased. In particular, 142,163 visitors came for Eid al-Fitr in June, compared to 136,256 in June 2013.
Europeans topped the list in the first nine months of 2014, with 344,875 tourists, followed by 328,774 arrivals from Arab countries. The total number of passengers from January to November reached 5,994,852, a year-on-year increase of 4.18%.
In November, total number of passengers experienced a year-on-year increase of 4.79% to 427,403. Commercial flights increased by 1.07% to reach 4,355 in November, while number of private jets dropped 21.67% year-on-year to 470 during November, registering a year-on-year drop of 21.67%.