World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's civil aviation has surpassed many developed countries, including the U.S and Germany, with an approximate 16% growth in the last decade, said minister of transportation Lutfi Elvan on Sunday.
"Turkey has overtaken countries worldwide and we do not recognize any rival," Elvan told Anadolu Agency, stating that Turkish civil aviation has known an increase in the number of passengers, planes, destinations and airline companies in the last decade.
The minister said the number of planes in Turkey went from 162 in 2003 to 374 today, a 130 percent increase.
"Today, Turkey carries 58 million passengers to 52 destinations inside the country, he added. In 2002, from Turkey, one could fly to 60 destinations abroad. Now there are 234."
The minister said that a total of 167 million passengers are expected to fly through Turkey in domestic and international flights during the year.
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