Temel Kotil, Director General of the Turkish Airlines (THY), said that, as of March 2008, the number of international passengers carried by the Turkish Airlines (THY) surpassed for the first time, the number of domestic passengers on THY flights.
Kotil told that the average number of passengers carried by the THY per week reached 370,000 in March 2008, and that more than 60 percent of THY's revenues came from international passengers.
According to Kotil, a boom was recorded in the number of business class passengers in the first quarter of 2008. Compared to 2007, Kotil stressed, the number of business class passengers rose by around 50 percent.
"Because of global economic crisis, the number of passengers carried worldwide declined. On the contrary, the THY broke records in the number of passengers carried. Despite the global economic crisis, the occupancy rate on THY flights remained over 70 percent," Kotil indicated.
"All airlines active in Turkey carried 59 million passengers altogether on domestic and international flights in 2006. This number rose to 70 million in 2007. THY currently ranks 13th in the world as regards the number of passengers carried. It can go higher in global ranking this year," Kotil underscored.
"With its full membership to the Star Alliance, to be effective as of April 1st, we expect a rise in the number of international and transit passengers," Kotil noted.
"THY currently flies to 150 destinations worldwide. The Star Alliance makes it possible for THY to join a flight network covering 943 cities. Likewise a passenger will be able to pick up his/her luggage(s) at the final destination thanks to the Star Alliance," Kotil also said.
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