Eid al-Fitr traffic deaths rise to 73: Report
The agency said their number included the data starting from the end of the business day on May 31 to 4 p.m. on June 8.
Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, was scheduled to officially start on June 4 and end on June 6. But Turkish authorities signed a circular declaring that June 3 (a Monday) and June 7 (a Friday) would also be holidays, effectively creating a nine-day public holiday, including the two weekends.
The number of people who traveled during this holiday is estimated to be over 5 million, according to tourism players.
Osman Ayık, the head of the Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), had previously said that of the 5 million people, the majority were expected to travel to their hometowns to spend the holiday with their families, while 300,000-400,000 would likely flock to coastal cities or sightseeing sites.