THY targets 15-17% growth next year

ISTANBUL

Turkish Airlines (THY) aims to achieve 15-17% growth next year, said Ahmet Olmuştur, its marketing and sales director at the flag carrier, adding that the carrier will continue to expand its fleet with new new planes.

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Turkish Airlines grew by 69% in the United States. This is unprecedented for an airline, Olmuştur said, noting that the number of American tourists visiting Turkey will increase from 1 million to 2 million.

“To increase the number of visitors from the United States, new players from the health services, art and gastronomy sectors will be added to the system. Business class transit passengers from the United States will be able to stay three nights free in a hotel in Istanbul instead of two, while economy class passengers will be able to stay two nights free instead of one. This will provide new opportunities for the tourism sector,” he said.

The company is buying five A350-900s and seven B787-9s and five A321 Neos to expand its fleet, according to Olmuştur.

The number of aircraft in the fleet, including cargo planes, will reach 389 this year and increase further to 424 in 2023, he said.

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“Depending on aircraft delivery and clearances, new routes will be launched to Palermo in Sicily, as well as Detroit and Denver in the United States”

The frequency of flights from the Far East will also be increased, according to Olmuştur.

In addition to the current midnight flights to Singapore, if permission is obtained, flights that will depart from Istanbul and arrive in the city in the afternoon will be launched, Olmuştur said.

Turkish Airlines carried 53.9 million passengers in January-September this year and the passenger load factor was 79.7%.

The number of international passengers increased by 4.7% compared to the same period of 2019 to reach 34.55 million in the first nine months of 2022, while the company served 19.3 million domestic passengers.

Turkish Airlines has increased the number of destinations it flies to from 316 two years ago to 390 and expanded its fleet from 344 to 389 planes.

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