Strong load factor proves ability to adapt, says Turkish Airlines chairman

Airline hails 82.3% November load factor and its progression despite moving home
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Turkish Airlines, Istanbul airport, M İlker Aycı

Turkish Airlines’ 82.3% load factor in November shows that the carrier is adapting well and understands its passengers despite having transferred to a new home.

That is according to its chairman, M İlker Aycı, who made the comments after the airline published its passenger and cargo traffic results for last month.

Turkey's national flag carrier transferred to a new aviation hun in Istanbul Airport earlier this year in a massive logistical operation that took around 45 hours to complete.

Passenger numbers increased by 3.7% to 5.7 million in November, the results showed.

Domestic load factor increased from 84% to over 85% and international load factor increased from 81% to around 82%, compared to the same month last year.

Transit passengers increased by 6.3% and international passengers excluding international to international transit passengers increased by 11.5% compared to the same period of last year. The total number of international passengers increased by 8.5% in November compared to same month last year.

This year so far, Turkish has carried almost 70 million passengers and 1.4 million tonnes of cargo.

Turkish Airlines chairman, M. İlker Aycı, said: We emphasised several times that we had the capacity and capability of managing the inevitable adaptation process after our transfer to our new home with the understanding of our passengers.

“The sizeable increase on November along with our continuously increasing numbers during the past six months are the testament to that claim.

“We will continue this trend of increasing numbers in the following months as we will experience the joy of hosting our passengers with Turkish Airlines privilege.”

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