The Middle East continues to be a high performing region for Turkish Airlines, where it reported serving 1.58 million passengers in the first quarter of 2019, a 2.5% increase over the same period in 2018.
Unveiled during the recent 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the national carrier of Turkey also noted that during this time, it had carried a total of 41.698 tons of mail in cargo to the region. This equated to a 5.8% increase over 2018.
A 2.6% rise in seat capacity was also recorded among Turkish Airlines’ Middle Eastern
The 2019 year will see a significant expansion of the carrier’s network in the region with an addition 13 new routes. Already this past April, Turkish Airlines has added Sharjah and Marrakech to its network.
Commenting on the airline’s regional performance, Ahmet Olmustur, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, said: “In the first quarter of 2019, we have flown more passengers in this region than during the same period in 2018 – but that’s just the start of our success this year.
“With a new hub joining the wide-ranging new destinations we are set to add to our network, along with new additions to our fleet in 2019, we’re well on our way towards our vision of being the world’s leading airline.
“Our positive Q1 2019 figures maintain the momentum we built in 2018 where we welcomed a total of 75.2 million passengers on board globally - approximately 6.7 million of which were passengers in the Middle East,” he added.
As part of its participation at 2019 ATM, the national airline discussed how its fleet of 335 aircraft, which includes 215 narrow body, 92 wide body and 18 cargo aeroplanes, is set to increase substantially over the next four years.
Currently, Turkish Airline has 25 firm and five optional A350-900 on order, as well as 25 firm and five optional orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner. These additions are expected to be incorporated into the current fleet by 2023.
The airline projects by that point its passenger figures will reach an estimated 120 million travellers.