Turkish Airlines passenger numbers fall in January

The number of passengers travelling with Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines dropped in January, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Some 5.6 million passengers flew with the airline in the first month of the year, compared to 5.7 million in January 2019, Anadolu said. That figure took the airline’s seat occupancy rate to 80.6 percent last month.

The number of international passengers flying with Turkish Airlines rose by 4.1 percent last month, while the cargo carried by the airline rose by 8.4 percent, to reach 121,605 tonnes.

Last year saw the closure of what had been the country’s main international hub, Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, and airlines began flying to the new Istanbul Airport. In the months after its opening, the number of passengers who used the new airport in 2019 trailed the number who travelled from Atatürk in 2018.

Turkish Airlines saw a 1.1 percent drop in passengers in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the company’s December report.