6 % decline in Egypt airport traffic: CAPMAS
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By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: Approximately 31.9 million passengers transited through Egypt’s airports in 2013, compared to 33.9 million passengers in 2012, recording a decrease of 6 percent, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.

In its annual report of air transport statistics for 2013 released Monday, CAPMAS also indicated that the total number of flights in Egyptian airports reached 3.1 million in 2013 compared to 3.3million in 2012, recording a decrease of 6.2 percent.

“The decrease is expected and looks normal and it is most likely due to the wave of violence following the June 30 Revolution and the deadly dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins in August,” former Tourism Development Authority Chairman, Serag El Din Saad told The Cairo Post Thursday.

According to the report, the total amount of transported goods at the Egyptian airports reached 2.7 million tons in 2013 compared to 2.8 million tons in 2012, recording a decrease of 3.5 percent.

The decrease of flights, passengers, transported goods is due to the cancellation of some flights to Egypt because of the then deteriorated security conditions, according to the report.

The tourism sector has received several blows since the political uprisings in 2011.

According to the National Accounts Division of the Ministry of Tourism, income from tourism in Egypt for the first quarter of 2014 decreased to $1.3 billion, down 43% from the same period last year.

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