Turkish airports serve more passengers in tourism revival

The number of passengers passing through airports in Turkey rose in November from a year ago, in further signs of a revival in tourism.

Passengers travelling through international terminals in Turkey, excluding those in transit, climbed 19 percent in the month to 5,150,094, according to data published by the airports authority. Domestic travellers increased 13 percent to 9,168,028.

The number of people travelling to Turkey slumped last year after Russia placed curbs on travel to the country and a series of bomb attacks deterred tourists.

Passengers using international terminals in the first nine months of the year increased 17 percent to 78.4 million, led by a 58 percent increase for the airport serving the resort of Antalya. International travel through the main Istanbul Ataturk Airport rose 6 percent to 40.6 million passengers and domestic travel increased 1 percent.