Turkish Airlines to Make First Flights from Istanbul’s New Airport

In addition, the Istanbul-based carrier reports record-breaking growth and a rise in passenger numbers.

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It’s been a good year for Turkish Airlines, with its latest report showing that total revenue has increased by 30 percent compared to the same period last year, reaching a total of US$6 billion.

During the same period, passenger numbers also rose to 35 million, also another record-breaking figure.

As such, the Istanbul-based carrier continues to be one of the most profitable airlines in the world.

Currently, the airline flies to 49 domestic and 255 international destinations, totaling 304 routes across 122 countries. New destinations this year include Freetown in Sierra Leone; Uzbekistan’s historic Silk Road city of Samarkand; Krasnodar in southern Russia; and Moroni, capital of the African island nation of Comoros.”

By next year, passengers can look foward to the carrier’s brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the Istanbul-Washington DC, Atlanta, and Denpasar routes.

Turkish Airlines hopes to grow its total fleet to 500 aircraft by 2023, in line with its plan to become the airline with the most destinations served in the world.

When Istanbul’s new airport opens in October, Turkey’s flag carrier expects it to be the “largest movement of equipment in civil aviation history.”

The existing Ataturk Airport is set to close as soon as the new Istanbul Airport opens, and all the operating equipment will move from the old airport to the new over a 45-hour period between October 29 and 31.

Notably, the first flight out of the new airport will be Turkish Airlines’, with flights to Azerbaijan, Ankara, and Cyprus set to inaugurate Istanbul’s new gateway.

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