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Turkish Airlines commences flights from Freetown

Turkish Airlines has expanded its Africa operations with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and a lot more, the airline now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.

The new service commenced from 24 February 2018 and will be operated with flights two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The services will be providing a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou.

Turkish Airlines to connect Freetown (Sierra Leone)

Turkish Airlines has boosted its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, the airline now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.

The new service will commence on 24 February with two flights per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou. The return flight will also provide a substantial access to passengers departing from Sierra Leone to top global destinations.

Turkish Airlines charts out 2018 targets

Post wrapping up a successful 2017, Turkish Airlines has now set its targets for 2018 as the carrier will move its hub to the third airport of Istanbul.

According to the non-consolidated 2018 budget that was approved by the Board of Directors under the presidency of M İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, the guidance regarding the Incorporation’s targets and expectations for the year 2018 are that total number of passengers carried is targeted to reach 74 million including 33 million on domestic routes, 41 million on international routes.

While passenger load factor is expected to be in the band of 79% and 80%, total Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) will approximately reach to 183 billion with an increase of between five to six percent compared to 2017. Capacity (ASK) increase is expected to be 10% in Turkey, nine percent in Middle East, six percent in Europe, six percent in Far East, four percent in America and three percent in the African regions.

As per the financial development which is unconsolidated, in 2018, jet fuel consumption is expected to increase by nine percent compared to 2017. Average jet fuel (including fuel hedge) is expected to be US$ 633 per ton in 2018. The Incorporation is targeting to generate US$ 11.8 billion of sales revenue. Cost per available seat kilometer (CASK), excluding fuel is expected to increase by between three to five percent. Unconsolidated EBITDAR margin is targeted to be between 21% and 22%, whereas consolidated EBITDAR margin is targeted to be in the band of 23% and 24%.

Turkish Airlines’ offers mobile app discount

Turkish Airlines will offer a 15% discount on its all domestic and international flights for passengers booking through their mobile app.

The newly redesigned app offers a better user experience when planning trips, purchasing tickets and using Miles. Buying tickets, making reservations and seeing saved flights. The app has also been added to a host of payment options. Furthermore, using the app offers a more comprehensive Miles&Smiles experience for passengers as using Miles to buy award tickets, purchasing additional Miles, and transferring Miles to other members.

This offer is valid for purchase of tickets between 18-20 January 2018.

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%.

Turkish Airlines on board with UFW

The ‘United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)’ which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline companies so far.

The declaration was approved today by Turkish Airlines at a signing ceremony in Istanbul attended by Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO, and IATA Director General, Alexandre de Juniac. The declaration, also signed by institutions such as ACI, AFRAA, AASA and London Heathrow Airport, is aiming to stop illegal wildlife trade of tusk, rhino horn, tortoise shell etc. as well as increasing passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.

“With this signature, we hope that we are contributing to the level of awareness on the issue and smoothing the path for legal enforcement procedures against the traffickers,” said Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO during the signing ceremony.

Turkish Airlines announces winter festival

Turkish Airlines announced its winter festival fares promotions for the month of November. Passengers from the UAE can book a ticket to cities such as London, Rome, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague, Budapest, Munich, Sarajevo, Vienna and other 23 cities in Europe.

The offer is valid for passengers, booking a ticket from now until 30 November 2017 as long as they are intending to travel during the period of 20 November 2017 to 31 May 2018.

Passengers flying from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi can travel to Kiev for AED 1530, Rome for AED 1570, Athens and Tblisi for AED 1660, Frankfurt for AED 1690, St. Petersburg for AED 1720, London for AED 1790, Baku for AED 1800, Vienna for AED 1820, Zurich for AED 1890, and Sarajevo and Moscow for AED 1900, and many more destinations.

Turkish Airlines ends electronic ban

The electronic ban concerning electronic devices that was implemented on US arrival flights has ended for Turkish Airlines passengers.

Travelling to New York John F Kennedy International Airport from İstanbul Atatürk Airport will now be easy with electronic devices.

Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, M İlker Aycı, said: ‘‘During 102 days, 81,736 electronic devices were carefully collected from our passengers at gates by our staff and carried in overprotected baggage on 1,087 flights to the US. Of these, 75% of devices were laptops and tablets while 25% consisted of cameras, GPS devices and kindles.”

New direct flights from Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines recently announced new flights from various cities in the Middle East and Germany to key Turkish destinations.

The national carrier will launch direct flights between Bodrum, Antalya and Trabzon and the Middle East, beginning from June 2017. Turkish Airlines will continue to offer alternative routes to cater to permanently increasing passenger traffic in this region as it launches direct flights between Kuwait, Riyadh, Dammam, Al Qassim, Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Amman and some domestic destinations of Turkey.

The airline will be providing a total of 16 weekly flights between Jeddah, Kuwait, Riyadh, Al Qassim, Yanbu, Medina and Trabzon. In addition to providing 13 weekly flights between Jeddah, Baghdad, Erbil, Riyadh, Amman, Kuwait, Sulaymaniyah and Antalya during this summer.

Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart are other cities benefitting from the new direct flights, connecting travellers from Germany to Izmir. Additionally, passengers from Kuwait will also be able to travel directly to Izmir.

Turkish Airlines announces promotional offers to the Black Sea region

Turkish Airlines will now look to promote the Black Sea region with promotional offers. 

The offer includes various countries from the GCC, to five different Turkish cities such as Trabzon, Ordu-Giresun, Samsun, Sinop, and Kastamonu. The offer is available until 16 June 16, 2017, and valid for travel between 20 May and 20 June 2017.

A 40% discount can be benefitted for the economy class fares from Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, UAE where tickets can be booked for just AED 1,790 and 2,090 respectively (including taxes and fees). Various cities from Saudi Arabia are also included in this promotional offer and there is also a 60% discount for all of their fares. Tickets can be booked from Medina, Yanbu and Gassim for only SAR 1,383 and from Riyadh, Jeddah, Ta’if and Dammam for SAR 1,440, 1,105, 1,148 and 1,299 respectively.

Passengers from Kuwait City and Doha, Qatar will also benefit from the promotional 60 percent discounted fares and will have the opportunity to buy their tickets for as less as KWD 94 and QAR 1,399 respectively. The offer is also valid for residents of Manama, Bahrain and Muscat, Oman who can leverage the promotional fare discounts which is up to 60% to book their tickets for the respective prices of BHD 129 and OMR 139.