In­flow of pas­sen­gers at Sulaimaniya In­ter­na­tional Air­port in­creases by 16%

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Statis­tics at Sulaimaniya In­ter­na­tional Air­port show that the num­ber of trav­el­ers land­ing at the air­port in­creased by 16% in 2012.

The data sug­gests that a to­tal num­ber of 286,676 trav­el­ers en­tered into the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion via the air­port.

Fur­ther­more, more than 1,000 peo­ple have per­ma­nently re­lo­cated to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion through the air­port.

Other fig­ures show that the Sulaimaniya air­port has de­ported 69 peo­ple to the city of Sulaimaniya and 117 peo­ple to out­side the re­gion dur­ing 2012, while 87 fake travel doc­u­ments have been con­fis­cated.

In ad­di­tion to peo­ple, the air­port was used to bring in 3.3 thou­sand tons of var­i­ous goods into the city and the re­gion while 368 tons were taken out via Sulaimaniya Air­port.

The to­tal num­ber of trav­el­ers that landed and de­parted from Sulaimaniya Air­port reached more than 1 mil­lion dur­ing 2012.

In ad­di­tion to the air ways, trav­el­ers have used ground routes to en­ter Kur­dis­tan as well. Ap­prox­i­mately 457.5 thou­sand cars have passed the Kur­dis­tan bor­ders dur­ing the same year.

The to­tal num­ber of for­eign­ers who have vis­ited the Sulaimaniya res­i­dency of­fice dur­ing the last year was about 167 thou­sand peo­ple, and a to­tal of 45.5 thou­sand blood tests have been con­ducted for for­eign­ers ap­ply­ing for a Kur­dis­tan res­i­dency per­mit in the province of Sulaimaniya.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Salar Mo­hammed, Sulaimaniya Res­i­dency Di­rec­tor, told the Kur­dish Globe that the blood test re­sults showed that 8 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with AIDS.

“All of them have been de­ported to their home coun­tries,” ex­plained B.G. Mo­hammed. “Dur­ing the years of 2010 and 2012, 16 more peo­ple had been de­ported due to be­ing di­ag­nosed with the same disease.”

A view of the Suleimaniya In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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