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Turkish Airlines close 2017 with a 9.3% growth


Turkish Airlines closed the last year on a successful note with an increase in the number of passengers at 9.3% and carried 68.6 million passengers compared to 2016. The load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points and the highest December load factor rate was 79.5%.

M İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines said: “We believed that 2017 would be a much better year than 2016. In light of that belief, we made our plans and savings accordingly. We are analysing conditions of our home country, region, our industry, the developments and trends in aviation and tourism sector.”

As per the announcement, total Load Factor improved by 5.1 points to 79.7% with an increase of 8.9% in Available Seat Kilometer, while international load factor increased by five points to 79.2%. There was also double-digit growth in demand (revenue per kilometer) that commenced in July, kept on with 16.3% demand growth.  The total number of passengers carried went up by 21.4% reaching 5.5 million passengers. Compared to December 2015, the number of passengers carried and demand increased by 17%. Excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers), the number of international passengers went up by 39%.

In December, load factor increased for all regions. Middle East, North America and Africa showed visible growth among other regions with 7.1 points, 6.8 points and 5.6 points increase, respectively.  During January-December, increase in demand and total number of passengers was 7.9% and 9.3%, respectively, over the same period of last year. Total number of passengers reached 68.6 million.  The total Load Factor improved by 4.7 points up to 79.1%, while international load factor increased by five points, up to 78.4%.