Turkish Airlines expanded its access network with new destinations and its fleet with new aircraft throughout 2019, and achieved a successful growth with its passenger figures and cargo volume.

The global carrier achieved a double-digit growth of 10.8% on international-to-international passenger transfer figures in December compared with the same month of the previous year, and carried 2.132 million guests to 125 countries on connecting flights from Istanbul.  

According to the data of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for December, the global carrier’s rating based on the passenger load factor for the last month of the year placed it first among airline companies in Europe and fourth in the world. The 7.1% increase the airline achieved in passenger figures compared with December of the previous year, made Turkish Airlines the 14th airline company in the world in terms of total number of passengers. 

Stating that the airline completed 2019 with favorable developments and success, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı emphasized the company’s motivation for success by saying, “We have a dream, a goal. We are making great efforts to carry the most valuable brand of our country to the top of global aviation.” Aycı made a short assessment by stating:

“We are delighted that we left 2019, a year in which there were adverse events that significantly affected world aviation and our company, behind with such good results. Despite the 24 aircraft we were unable to use in our operations, it was an important achievement that we increased the number of our passengers by 7.1% compared to the same month of the previous year. In the new year, we will increase these figures even further with the international expansion of our AnadoluJet brand, the direct flights from our country’s tourism centers, and our premium services. In December, we achieved a successful performance not only with our scheduled passenger flights, but also with our air cargo operations. We continued to grow with our Turkish Cargo brand in the air cargo market, where there were winds of change and significant global shrinking. With the advantages our country’s geopolitical position offers, we are continuing our efforts to be one of the main carriers in the world trade network.”


According to data for December 2019, there was a significant increase in the number of international-to-international transfer passengers. It was recorded that in the last month of the year, 2,132 million passengers were transported to 125 countries on connecting flights from Istanbul. 

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