Turkish Airlines Surpasses Expectations, Transporting 83.4 Million Passengers in 2023

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 7, 2024 21:30 PMNews
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In an impressive display of resilience and strategic growth, Turkish Airlines has reported a significant milestone for 2023, carrying 83.4 million passengers amidst the backdrop of global geopolitical tensions and macroeconomic uncertainties. This achievement represents a notable increase in the airline's capacity, with a 23.5% rise in domestic flights and a 16% enhancement in international services compared to the previous year.

The airline's success in expanding its passenger base, particularly in European countries with significant Turkish populations, reflects its commitment to leveraging its extensive flight network and agile operations. Despite the industry-wide challenge of recovering to pre-pandemic levels, with global international capacity still trailing behind 2019 figures by 12% according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Turkish Airlines has remarkably exceeded its 2019 international capacity by 27%.

Istanbul Airport has also emerged as a key player in Europe, leading in the daily number of flights and showcasing Turkey's substantial investments in aviation infrastructure. Moreover, Turkish Airlines' cargo division, Turkish Cargo, experienced growth, increasing its freight ton kilometers by 16% over 2019 and significantly enhancing its market share in the global air freight sector.

In addition to operational successes, Turkish Airlines played a pivotal role in humanitarian efforts following the catastrophic Kahramanmaraş earthquakes, providing free passenger and cargo flights for relief operations and donating substantial funds for the affected regions.

As Turkish Airlines sets its sights on further growth, aiming to expand its fleet and reach new targets by its centennial in 2033, the airline's achievements in 2023 stand as a testament to its enduring commitment to excellence and global connectivity.

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