Great news for Turkey, Turkish Airlines is targeting 74 million passengers in 2018.
“The total number of passengers that Turkish Airlines predict to carry is targeted to reach 74 million, including 33 million on domestic routes and 41 million on international routes,” the Airline said today the 4th January in a filing to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, Borsa, Istanbul.
The airline said the sales revenue was targeted to hit $11.8 billion this year. The company expects to increase its capacity by 5-6 % year-on-year in 2018 to reach approximately 183 million Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), which measures an airline’s total passenger capacity in kilometres. “Capacity (ASK) increase is expected to be 10% in Turkey, 9% in the Middle East, 6% in Europe, 6% in the Far East, 4% in America and 3% in Africa regions,” it reported. Turkish Airlines also said that it projected its seat occupancy to be around 79-80% in the New Year, adding the volume of cargo/mail carried was expected to increase by 21% reaching 1.3 million tons.
Further news which is increasing excitement in Turkeys Tourism sector is that JET2 has added an extra 600,000 seats to Turkey for 2018 after seeing a ‘huge surge’ in bookings for holidays. The company said there had been a fourfold increase in bookings to Antalya, while Bodrum and Dalaman have attracted more than twice as many bookings as this time last year.
Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman have long been favourite destinations for holidaymakers and holiday home buyers investing in those areas. The Mediterranean, Aegean and Lycian coasts have attracted visitors from all over the world due to the natural beauty of the Turkish coastline and all that these locations have to offer.
The top 10 list of the biggest growing destinations for bookings which are:
6: Costa de Almeria, Spain
8: Kos, Greece
9: Kefalonia, Greece
10: Larnaca, Cyprus
We see Turkey ranked in first place for visitors to Antalya, 4th place for Bodrum and 7th place to Dalaman giving Turkey 3 places in the top ten lists of biggest growing destinations for holiday bookings for 2018. Renewed confidence in visiting Turkey in 2018 is making the tourism sector buzz with elation; it’s been a difficult couple of years with terrorism seen across the world, property owners in Turkey have not faltered in continuing to return to Turkey at this difficult time but there was a drop in tourism numbers which was only to be expected.
Nevertheless, Turkey like many other countries feel it’s now turned a corner and holidaymakers, tourists and property investors will once again descend in droves to Turkish shores because Turkey offers great value for money whether you visit for a holiday or to buy property. In the coming months, the resorts will begin to get ready for the coming season as it starts early this year in March with the Easter Holiday starting Good Friday 30th March and Easter Monday 1st April.