Turkish Airlines carried 75.2 million passengers last year, the company has announced.

On a yearly basis, the total number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines increased 10 percent in 2018.

In December alone, the number of passengers the airline served increased by 0.7 percent from a year earlier to hit 5.5 million.

Here at Fethiye Times, we thought we’d have a look at Turkish Airlines in a bit more detail.

“The World under Our Wings”

Turkey’s national flag carrier flies to more countries that any other in the world, uniting their guests with friends and loved ones with their comfortable flights.

Bilal Ekşi, Deputy Chairman and CEO

Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933, flies to 306 destinations in 124 countries with its fleet of 332 aircraft including passenger and cargo planes.

Turkish Airlines – routes to Europe

Turkish Airlines – routes to Asia and Africa

In 2018 they started to operate flights to Freetown, Samarkand, Krasnodar, Aqaba, Banjul, Moroni and Zambia-Lusaka.

In 2019, guests are invited to enjoy flights to new destinations such as Bali, Marrakesh, Sharjah, Rovaniemi, Luxor, Newark, Port Sudan and Mexico. Direct flights to more destinations around the world will also be increased from Istanbul and Antalya.

The number of aircraft will be expanded in line with developments in the flight network, with plans to increase the fleet, which is one of the world’s youngest and most modern, from 331 aircraft to 500 cutting-edge, eco-friendly, new generation aircraft by 2023. In addition they also plan to increase the number of pilots to 1100.

A new home

Turkish Airlines have a new home in the new Istanbul Airport. Istanbul, the centre of the world where East and West have met since the dawn of time, will welcome 200 million passengers per year, once the giant investment is complete. Meanwhile, Istanbul Airport hosts over 150 airline companies and will provide access to more that 350 destinations around the world. It will be one of the most vibrant locations in the aviation industry on a global scale.

In their new home, Turkish Airlines will continue bringing what’s far, near, with their extensive operation at Istanbul Airport’s technologically smart facility.


AnadoluJet is a Turkish regional airline headquartered in Ankara. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and operates domestic flights within Turkey and to Northern Cyprus.

Turkish Airlines - "The World under Our Wings"

As AnadoluJet, they increased the comfort of their guests by offering an extra baggage and sports equipment service and seat selection via online and mobile channels. They also added a family discount and airport transfers to their online channels.

According to traffic results, the brand broke all previous records in it’s history with an increase of 20.5% in the number of passengers and 2.7 points in occupancy rates.

Turkish Cargo

Turkish Airlines - "The World under Our Wings"

The fast-developing Turkish Cargo improved it’s service to its customers in 123 countries while increasing its share in the air cargo market. In the first nine-month period of 2018, Turkish Cargo carried over 1 million tons (a 25% increase compared to the same period in 2017), achieving a cargo revenue of 1.2 billion USD (an increase of 29%).

Flying higher together

Customer satisfaction is the most important achievement to Turkish Airlines. Behind this success lies the Individual Suggestion System which has been running for two years and has received 14,000 suggestions for improvement from their employees, the Turkish Airlines family.

Turkish Airlines - "The World under Our Wings"

They run a reward scheme in recognition of successful projects and colleagues who add value to Turkish Airlines are given a +1 Award.

Turkish Airlines also support sports and culture on a global scale; Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup and Antalya Turkish Airlines Open are a few you may be familiar with.

Turkish Airlines - "The World under Our Wings"

They have also supported a rugby final in Bilbao, cricket games in Ireland and the final game of the National Football League in the United States.

A message from Bilal Ekşi, Deputy Chairman and CEO

“I’d like to thank our guests for flying with us and making all these achievements possible. I’d also like to thank my colleagues who are working 365 days a year to offer you a safe and comfortable experience. This is our joint success. 

We hope to welcome you in 2019 and wish for the New Year to bring our country and the rest of the world, health and peace.

Have a pleasant flight”

For more information about Turkish Airlines or to book a flight, please visit www.turkishairlines.com

For more information about AnadoluJet or to book a flight, please visit www.anadolujet.com

Source: Turkish Airlines