Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines, the world’s fastest growing airline, is set to continue its aggressive growth programme in 2014 following last year’s expansion into dozens of new countries around the world.
During 2013, the airline grew its new network at its second base at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport from nine to 30 destinations, while weekly flights there increased by 180 per cent, namely to 356 from 132.
Back at its primary hub at Istanbul Atatürk airport, last year Turkish Airlines started routes to 25 new destinations, spanning Eastern Europe, West Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Western Europe and the USA. The airline now serves 215 destinations from the airport, with non-stop flights there up from 196 in January 2013. The airline’s only global rival for such a diverse network from a single airport is Delta Air Lines operating out of Atlanta in the USA.
In 2014 Turkish Airline plans grow its fleet size to 267 from today’s 207, increase its network to 259 destinations from 243 today, and carry 59.5 million passengers, compared with 48.3 million passengers in 2013 – which represents a hike of 23 per cent.
Turkish Airlines’ plans for its Summer 2014 schedule include an increase in flight frequency between Istanbul Atatürk and Edinburgh, namely from the current seven flights a week, to eight flights a week as of 30th March, then nine flights a week as of 26th May. It will also increase the frequency of services between Gatwick to Istanbul Atatürk to three a day from two, and the frequency of its weekly services between Dublin and Istanbul Atatürk to 12 from 10. With the new flights, come the summer Turkish Airlines will be operating a total of 59 flights a week between Istanbul and either Gatwick or Heathrow.
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