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Turkish Airlines Airlifts Over 61m Passengers in 2016, Adds Kharkiv to Network

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Traffic results for the period of January-December 2016 show that Turkish Airlines airlifted passenger carried increased by 2.5%, reaching to 62.8 million passengers from 61.2 million passengers for the same period of 2015.

Increases in number of passengers carried in domestic and international lines are 3.8% and 1.5%, respectively.

According to the airline, International Business Class (IBC) passengers remained the same, while international-to-international transfer passengers increased by 14.1%.

In other results,
L/F decreased by 3.1 point to 74.6%; ASK with 10.7% increase reached to 170.1 billion during the period of January-December; 2016 from 153.6 billion for the same period of 2015. Increases in ASK in domestic and international lines are 5.6% and 11.5%, respectively; RPK with 6.3% increase reached to 126.8 billion during the period of January-December 2016 from 119.3 billion for the same period of 2015. Increases in RPK in domestic and international lines are 4.1% and 6.7%, respectively.

Also, the number of landings (passenger aircraft) of 452,763 for the period of January-December 2015 increased by 2.5% to 464,031 in 2016; cargo/mail carried during the period of January-December 2016 increased by 21.7% to 876,228 tons from 719,928 tons in 2015 and by the end of December 2016, number of destinations went up to 295 from 284 of December 2015.

Meanwhile, the number of domestic destinations remained the same as 49 and international destinations increased from 235 to 246, and by the end of December 2016, number of aircraft went up to 334 from 299 of December 2015, while the number of wide body aircraft increased from 73 to 87, narrow body aircraft from 216 to 234, and cargo aircraft went up to 13 from 10.

Similarly, having the title of “the carrier that flies to the most countries in the World” with 295 destinations in 119 countries, Turkish Airlines now adds Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, to its extensive flight network as from 30th March 2017.

Beginning from March 30th, Kharkiv flights will be operated 4 times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This figure will increase to 7 times per week as of May 30th.

Round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Kharkiv starting from 109 US Dollars (including taxes and fees).

Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destinations, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members, with a 25% reduction in the miles needed to redeem either award tickets or upgrades.

According to the 2016 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the eighth consecutive time.

Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 and also in 2014 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining”, “Best Business Airline Lounge” awards in last year’s survey, Turkish Airlines was awarded again the world’s “Best Business Class Dining Lounge” and “Best Business Class On-Board Catering” prizes in this year’s survey.

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller.

Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax.

The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries.