Turkish Airlines’ recovery seems to be going well, at least compared with others. In the week of July 8th to 14th, it operated 1,254 flights a day, according to data from Eurocontrol. This means its flights were down by just 15% versus the same period in 2019. We examine the situation.
The network carrier with the next smallest decline versus 2019 was KLM, down by 29%; it is Europe’s 10th largest airline this month. Standing out like a sore thumb is British Airways, whose flights were still very significantly reduced and one of the worst across Europe. The latest development would not have helped the carrier.
Turkish Airlines’ rebound is supported by a previous finding that flight traffic involving Turkey, Greece, and Spain have all grown by a significant amount in a short space of time. This coincides with the summer holiday period.
But, it is just one part of the picture
While Turkish Airlines’ number of operated flights is certainly impressive in itself, it is, of course, just one part of the overall picture. It says absolutely nothing of passengers, revenue, loads, or any other aspect of performance.
Indeed, a better (or fairer) way of working out the situation versus 2019 would be to look at revenue passenger miles. This is based on the number of fare-paying passengers multiplied by the distance flown. Unfortunately, this data is not yet available for the week in question.
The all-important domestic market
On July 14th, the number of domestic flights in Turkey exceeded that recorded in 2019, according to Eurocontrol flight information. The 986 movements (arrivals and departures combined) include flights by all operators: passenger airlines, cargo, bizjets, government, military, and more.
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A look at Turkey’s domestic market
On this summer day, there were approximately 884 scheduled passenger flights across three operators: Turkish Airlines (including fully owned subsidiary AnadoluJet); Pegasus; and SunExpress. At nearly two-thirds (64%), Turkish (and AnadoluJet) had by far the most, based on OAG data.
Turkish Airlines: 40 domestic destinations
Turkish Airlines itself had 40 domestic destinations from its main Istanbul Airport hub on July 14. The median number of departures per destination was two, but there were several standouts. There include Antalya (AYT; 14 departures that day), Izmir (ADB; 11), Bodrum (BJV; 11), Ankara (ESB; 11), and Trabzon (TZX; 10).
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