Announcing its passenger and cargo traffic results for August, Turkish Airlines disclosed that it recorded 84.8% load factor in the month despite the global shrinkage of demand in the aviation sector.
The flag carrier’s international-to-international transfer passenger numbers rose by 9.4% compared to the same month last year.
In line with its goal of becoming one of the top five air cargo brands in the world with its Turkish Cargo brand, the flag carrier increased its cargo and mail volume by 11.5% compared to the same month last year. The main contributors to the growth in cargo volume were North America with 24.8%, Far East with 12.2% and Europe with 11.3% increase.
According to August 2019 Traffic Results, the load factor was 84.8%, while domestic load factor was 88.4% and international load factor was 84.3%.
In August, domestic showed load factor growth of 0.6 points, while North America and Far East increased by 0.4 and 0.3 points respectively.
According to the January-August 2019 Traffic Results; demand was almost flat over the same period last year, but total number of passengers carried decreased by 2.1% and total number of passengers carried was around 49.7 million.
During January-August, total load factor decreased by 0.6 points to 81.2% compared to same period last year. International load factor also decreased by 0.8 points to 80,5%, domestic load factor went up by 1,1 point reaching 86.6%.
International-to-international transfer passengers carried increased by 3.5%.
Cargo and mail carried during the first eight months of 2019 increased by 9.6% and reached 985,000 tons.