Turkish Airlines records over 23% growth in passenger traffic in 2013
48.3 million passengers served by Europe’s Best Airline last year
Doha; January 19, 2014: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, continues to sustain momentum as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, having served 48.3 million passengers in 2013, a 23.6 percent increase from 39 million in 2012.
The global carrier connects passengers to more countries than any other airline, and last year added 25 new destinations, raising the network to 243 destinations across 104 countries.
The number of passengers on domestic routes increased by 26.1 per cent and on international routes by 21.9 per cent. International Business and Comfort Class passengers also increased by 23.1 per cent, while international-to-international transfer passengers increased by 29.2 per cent in 2013.
Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, also witnessed substantial growth with a total of 565.338 tonnes carried in 2013 representing a 20.1 per cent increase from 470.636 tonnes carried in 2012. A new Dubai office was opened in 2013 to accommodate the increase in demand for cargo services from the UAE.
In its 80th anniversary year, Turkish Airlines was voted once again as ‘Europe’s Best Airline’ for the third consecutive year at the 2013 Skytrax awards. As a Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines operates the fourth largest flight network in the world with a fleet of 233 aircraft.
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About Turkish Airlines:
Founded in 1933 with a fleet of 5 planes, Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and today it has a fleet of 233 planes (both passenger and cargo) and operates scheduled flights to a total of 243 destinations - 201 international and 42 domestic. Skytrax named Turkish Airlines, a 4-star airline company, as the “Best Airline in Europe” in 2013 for the 3rd year running, and the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the 5th year running. Turkish Airlines, which received the title “Best Food in Economy Class” award on a global scale in 2010, also earned Skytrax’ “Best Food in Business Class” award this year. For more information about Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com.
About Star Alliance:
Turkish Airlines is a member of the global Star Alliance network established in 1997. Star Alliance offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. Star Alliance received numerous awards, including the “Market Leadership Award” Award from both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax Air Transport World and the “Best Airline Alliance” award from both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. Among the member airlines of Star Alliance are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways.