Turkish Airlines’ passenger traffic and capacity for last year both exceeded pre-crisis figures, but the recovery process has been geographically patchy.

The airline transported 71.8 million passengers – still 3% down on the 2019 full-year level – but nevertheless recorded a 6.2% rise in revenue passenger traffic, following a 7.5% hike in capacity.

But traffic on Asia-Pacific routes suffered during the year, and was down by nearly a quarter on the pre-pandemic figure.

Asia-Pacific services were the second-largest traffic generator for the carrier in 2019, just behind European flights.

Turkish Airlines demonstrated strong traffic growth on North American and Latin American routes on which it had added substantial capacity.

But domestic traffic and capacity last year were significantly down, by more than 10%, against pre-crisis levels. Turkish Airlines transported 25.5 million domestic passengers, a reduction of 16%.

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Source: Turkish Airlines