WORLD Lebanon registers big drop in airport passengers, imports amid protests

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Lebanon registers big drop in airport passengers, imports amid protests

Xinhua

00:29, December 17, 2019

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People take part in a protest in the downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 20, 2019. (File photo: Xinhua)

BEIRUT, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's civil aviation authority said on Monday that passengers at Rafic Hariri International Airport registered a year-on-year drop of 30 percent in November amid nationwide protests, the National News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Lebanon's imports through air transport in November dropped by 45 percent from the same month last year, according to the authority.

The drop in Lebanon's imports is mostly due to the increase in the price of U.S. dollar to the Lebanese pound, which prevented traders from further importing products in the past couple of months.

Another reason is that traders cannot withdraw the needed amounts of money as banks have imposed restrictions on dollar's withdrawal.

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