The Turkish carrier was the first international company to return to profit after the pandemic and is set for record 2022 earnings, says a report by French daily Los Echos.

Istanbul Airport, the world-class facility that opened in Türkiye’s most famous city in 2018, has had a major role in the company’s success, according to the report.
Istanbul Airport, the world-class facility that opened in Türkiye’s most famous city in 2018, has had a major role in the company’s success, according to the report. (AA)

Turkish Airlines has been the “biggest winner” as global aviation and tourism picked up again after the abrupt halt brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Turkish flag carrier became the first international company to return to profit in 2021 as European air traffic rebounded and is on course for record earnings in 2022, said a report published this week by French financial newspaper Los Echos.

The airline had a net profit of $737 million by the half-year mark in 2022.

In July alone, Turkish Airlines carried 7.8 million passengers, 10 percent more than July 2019, the prime travel month of the last pre-pandemic summer.

It is the most active traditional airline in Europe today, with an average of 1,506 daily flights in European airspace at the beginning of August, well ahead of Lufthansa (1,202) and Air France (1,065), the report said, citing data from the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).

Only budget carriers Ryanair and EasyJet operate more flights than Turkish Airlines in Europe, it added.

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60 percent increase in services

Istanbul Airport, the world-class facility that opened in Türkiye’s most famous city in 2018, has had a major role in the company’s success, according to the report.

In just the first seven months of 2022, the airport hosted more passengers than the entire figure for 2019, while its main European rivals are still lagging some 10 percent to 15 percent behind their pre-pandemic level, the report said.

In terms of international traffic, Istanbul Airport was ahead of London’s Heathrow and the Charles de Gaulle in Paris in May and June.

Turkish Airlines has climbed up six places to 4th in global air transportation rankings, increasing its services by 60 percent, according to Los Echos.

The revenue of Turkish Cargo, the company’s freight wing, has more than doubled since 2019, soaring past $2 billion in just the first half of 2022, leaving behind Air France-KLM, the report said.

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Source: AA