It appears Turkish Airlines is doing aviation very right

It appears Turkish Airlines is doing aviation very right

Turkish Airlines is the airline with the largest international destinations in the world. Turkish Airlines will be operating from the newest and largest airport in the world, and now Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in May, achieved the highest first five-month load factor (LF) in its history with 80.7%.

The Turkish national flag carrier maintains its position on the global aviation agenda with the high LF performances it has reached especially in recent periods. 

According to the May 2018 Traffic Results;

Upon the double-digit passenger increases in the first four months of 2018, total number of passengers carried went up by 4% reaching 6.1 million passengers, and Load Factor stood at %78.6 in May.

In May 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 1 point, with an increase of 3,6% in capacity (Available Seat Kilometer), while international LF increased by 1,7 points to 78% and domestic Load Factor stood at 83%.

In May, cargo/mail volume continued the double digit growth trend and increased by 22%, compared to May 2017. Main contributors to the growth in cargo/mail volume, are domestic lines with 35% increase, Middle East with 31% increase, N. America with 29% increase, Europe with 24% increase and Africa with 22% increase.

In May, N. America, Africa and Far East showed load factor growth of 5 points, 3 points and 1 point, respectively.

According to the January-May 2018 Traffic Results;

During January-May, increase in demand and total number of passengers was 17% and 19%, respectively, over the same period of last year. Total number of passengers reached to 29.3 million.

During January-May, total Load Factor improved by approximately 5 points up to 80,7%, recording the highest load factor in Turkish Airlines history for the first five months. While international Load Factor increased by 5 points up to 80%, domestic load factor went up by 2 points to 85%.


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Cargo/mail carried during the first five months increased by 30% and reached 545 thousand tons, thanks to strong pick up in cargo/mail volume in May of 2018.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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