June passenger numbers at IST up 25% to 4,043,782.
Trend continues, on July 6th another record day at IST with 562 landings, 557 departures.
Congrats and I hope they can still keep it safe and comfortable for everyone.
jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2143 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
Yikes. Great news for IST and for Turkey and highlights the fact that Ataturk is pretty close to maxed out. I know there are loose plans for a new airport somewhere north of the city (and SAW looks like it could get another runway and take some of the traffic) but if TK is going to continue growing this really illustrates the need to get dirt moving quickly!
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26687 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2117 times:
International transfers represented 39.6% of TK traffic as of Q1.
But important to remember not all growth at IST is due to TK hub transfer, but instead the Turkish economy and tourism sector is hot. Air travel for both leisure and business continues to grown in Turkey, while inbound tourism is also getting ready to set another record year in 2012.
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CityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
The Turkish growth never cease to amaze me, it's even faster than the Asian one. I'm also glad TK is doing so well, always a pleasure to see their flights here at GOT, soon going double daily.
What I was thinking though, was why they can't move the majority of other carriers (handling mainly O/D) to SAW, while making IST an airport for TK and Star members only? That would atleast allow some further growth.
lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13873 posts, RR: 100
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2057 times:
Quoting TK787 (Reply 3): Also TK is on course to beat its aim of carrying 38mil pax this year.
Wow. The growth is spectacular. If any hubbing airline can outgrow EK, it will be TK.
Quoting CityAirline (Reply 5): What I was thinking though, was why they can't move the majority of other carriers (handling mainly O/D) to SAW
Good luck. That would be like moving all traffic from LHR to LGW that wasn't BA or VS or from FRA to HHN. The trade war would fly. (e.g., forget JFK, BDL would have to do). That would create a diplomatic row. It would be be better to build the new IST replacement airport as fast as possible. Any new news? 5-runways and better transfer terminals would solve the issue.
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