Inflow of passengers at Sulaimaniya International Airport increases by 16%
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.