Turkish Airlines expands its African network
TURKISH AIRLINES continues to expand its African network with the addition of Kano, Nigeria, as its 242nd destination and N'djamena, Chad as the 243rd. Already a globally recognized brand, Turkish Airlines again strengthens its presence in Africa and now has a presence at 36 destinations in 25 African countries, making it one of the leading carriers to the continent. “Europe’s Best Airline” is now a dominant presence in Africa.
The second largest city of Nigeria, Kano is its 2nd destination in Nigeria - with an existing service to Lagos - and it has added N'djamena, the capital and largest city of Chad as its first destination in that country. Beginning from today Kano/N’djamena flights will be operated 4 times per week.
Introductory trip fares are available from Istanbul to Kano starting at 499 Euros, and to N’djamena 549 Euros (including taxes and fees). In addition, for the first six months of service to the airline’s new destinations, Miles&Smiles members are offered a 25% reduction in the miles needed to redeem either award tickets or upgrades.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines recorded 705 million TRY net profit in the third quarter of 2013. Compared to the same period of 2012, Turkish Airlines sales revenue increased 28% for the third quarter and 26% for the nine months reaching a total of 13,9 billion TRY. While operating profit stood at 864 million TRY for the third quarter, it improved by 12% to reach 1 billion 303 million TRY for the nine months. Net profit for the third quarter was 705 million, in line with last year’s results, while for the nine months it was realized as 826 million TRY decreasing by 6%.
During the first nine months of 2013, 36,2 million passengers were carried implying a 24% increase in passenger traffic. In response to the 21% increase in available seat kilometres (ASK), revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) increased by 24%, resulting in 1,8 points increase in passenger load factor which came to 79,8% system-wide. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the overall industry growth for the same period in terms of ASK and RPK was 5,0% and 4,3% respectively.
Flying to more countries than any other airline in the world Turkish Airlines’ network coverage increased to 239 destinations (197 international) in 104 countries including the 16 new international and 6 new domestic routes that have been launched in 2013. Having one of the youngest fleet in Europe with an average age of 6,6 years Turkish Airlines’ fleet size as of today is 231, comprising of 182 narrow body, 40 wide body and 9 cargo aircraft.
Turkish Airlines, while maintaining its profitability will continue to improve its network and service quality to be among the world’s leading carriers and to make Istanbul an essential hub for the international aviation industry.