PORTO, Portugal

Turkish Airlines carried the highest number of passengers from Asia, Far East and the Middle East to Portugal through Istanbul and outdistanced its rivals in the same segment last year, the flag carrier’s Porto manager told Anadolu Agency.

Turkish Airlines carried 285,908 air passengers to Portugal last year, of which 60% was transit, Ahmet Faruk Sahiner said.

“This figure includes many people of various nationalities such as Africans and Middle Easterners, but at least 50% of them were from Asia,” he underlined.

Pointing to a gradual rise in the passenger number since the first flight to Portugal in

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