LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27011 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
Well this question was asked a bit ago ago, and here were my answers having observed Turkish aviation for 3-decades now.
1) Incredible growth of Turkish economy in two last decades, with large increases in global trade and commerce.
2) Deregulation, liberalization, open skies, and privatization airline industry.
3) Great geography. Historic silk route and a natural east-west hub
4) Growing domestic market of 80 mil people. People are turning to planes from buses.
5) Large growing Turkish middle class to whom overseas travel is normal part of life.
6) Huge inbound tourism market
7) Government focus to develop and aid the sector via infrastructure projects, reduced taxes.
8) Low cost labor base compared to Europe
9) Great improvement in product, its service and delivery.
10) A few timely good leaders both at TK and government with vision for the future.
11) Luck - that many of these things have come together in unison!
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
I asked this few years back, my own answer; from everyone else.
Two examples; Finnair and Elal stopped their IST flights.
Next examples could be Iberia and Alitalia ( not stopping but losing share). TK to fly to 4 destinations in Spain and 7 in Italy. I can't see IB or AZ competing with that. BA, KL, AF must be losing also.
One exception LH due to *A.
And now with 4 destinations in the US (JFK, ORD, IAD, LAX) TK is still unchallenged in the US market. This summer TK will have 28 weekly nonstop flights to IST from those 4 gateways, whereas DL is the only US carrier offering 7 weekly JFK-IST.
But lately DL is upgrading to 332 from 763 and will be offering Y+.
Most importantly TK can subsidize its international growth by being the dominant domestic carrier.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6421 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
Turkey has always had a huge population, especially Istanbul, which is one of the largest cities on the planet. What they have also is an increasingly robust economy with growing personal income, which has allowed travel to flourish, both personal and professional.