Continued Growth of Turkish Airlines Coincides with Increase in Tourism of Turkey

  Continued Growth of Turkish Airlines Coincides with Increase in Tourism of

  International Carrier Finds 25.8 Percent Jump in Global 2013 Ticket Sales
                               Compared to 2012

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- July 9, 2013

Turkish Airlines,  recently voted Europe’s Best Airline at the 2013 Skytrax
Passengers Choice Awards  for the third consecutive year,  announced marked
growth in passengers flying to Turkey and many of its other international
destinations.  The flag carrier of Turkey has experienced a dramatic increase
in ticket sales for several years partially as a result of a steep increase in
tourism of Turkey. Boasting an incredibly rich culture and history that spans
civilizations over 10,000 years coupled with white-sand beaches and crystal
clear waters, Turkey is a favorite holiday destination for many around the

Between January and June 2013, Turkish Airlines saw a 25.8 percent increase in
global ticket sales over the same period in 2012, a total of more than 22.4
million passengers. The international carrier’s U.S. ticket sales to Turkey
jumped 10 percent between May and June 2013 compared to the same months last
year. Turkish Airlines’ largest increase in passengers came from Africa, which
had a 36.9 percent increase in ticket sales compared to 2012, with Somalia
leading the way at 247 percent.

Turkish Airlines’ growth in number of passengers comes at a time when Turkey
is enjoying a significant growth in tourism. The country welcomed 10.5 million
non-Turkish visitors between January and May 2013, an 18.5 percent increase
compared to the same period last year, according to the Turkish Ministry of
Culture and Tourism.

Part of this growth is attributed to business travelers as Turkey becomes a
worldwide hub for international business with many ambitious projects

“Turkey’s large-scale infrastructure projects, such as Istanbul’s third
bridge, third airport and Kanal Istanbul, are important indicators of the
stability and confidence in the future of our country,” states Hüseyin Avni
Mutlu, Mayor of Istanbul.

In addition to being awarded Europe’s Best Airline three times in a row,
Turkish Airlines was also awarded “Best Business Class Catering” at the 2013
Skytrax Passengers Choice Awards for its Flying Chef service on long flights.
The Flying Chefs offer passengers a taste of Turkey, with freshly prepared
traditional Turkish dishes and a roving meze cart.

“This is an exciting time for the airline, having recently announced our
235^th gateway while enjoying a remarkable increase in global passengers,”
states Temel Kotil, Ph.D., CEO of Turkish Airlines. “We welcome all travelers
from across the globe to enjoy the unparalleled experience that comes with
flying on our airline.”

Located on the crossroads of Anatolia in Western Asia and Southeastern Europe
and bordering eight countries, Turkey’s is one of the world’s top travel
destinations, with Istanbul now a major hub for international travel. Turkey
was recently ranked seventh on Trip Advisor’s list of Travelers’ Choice
Destinations for 2012.


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