Istanbul : Turkish Airlines (TK), which has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2 per cent load factor in that month.
Growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometre and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines at the end of the year as well.
According to the December 2018 Traffic Results; total number of passengers carried went up by one per cent reaching 5.5 million passengers, and the load factor went up to 80.2 per cent.
In December 2018, total load factor improved by 0.5 points, while international load factor increased by 0.5 points to 80 per cent, domestic load factor reached to 84 per cent.
International-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers) went up by three per cent approximately, while the number of international passengers excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers) - went up by eight per cent.
In December 2018, cargo/mail volume continued the double digit growth trend and increased by 20 per cent, compared to the same period of 2017.
Main contributors to this growth in cargo/mail volume are North America with 33 per cent, Africa with 33 per cent, Far East with 17 per cent, and Europe with 17 per cent increase.
In December 2018, Africa showed load factor growth of 2.5 points, while North America, Far East and the Middle East showed load factor growth of one point according to the January-December 2018 Traffic Results.
During January-December 2018, increase in demand and total number of passengers was 10 per cent, over the same period of last year. Total number of passengers reached to 75.2 million.
Total load factor improved by three points up to 82 per cent during the same time frame. While international load factor increased by three points reaching 81 per cent, and domestic load factor went up by one point reaching 85 per cent.
Excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers), the number of international passengers went up significantly by 12 per cent.
When compared to 2017, cargo/mail carried during the year 2018 increased by 25 per cent reaching to 1.4 million tons.