August tourist numbers up in Turkey, as national airline carries even more passengers

Foreign visitor numbers to Turkey were up significanty in August compared to last year, while Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, confirmed this week that the number of passengers it carried from January to August increased 25 per cent year-on-year.

A total of 4.95 million foreigners visited Turkey in August, a year-on-year hike of 10.64 per cent, according to data from Turkey’s Tourism Ministry. The encouraging news indicates a sign of recovery after slow growth in the previous two months due to domestic factors within the country. Visitor arrivals increased only 0.48 per cent in July due to anti-government protests and the Muslim fasting of Ramadan. In the first eight months of 2013, the overall number of visitors rose 10.67 per cent to 24 million people.

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines carried 31.7 million passengers around the world between January and August, compared to 25.4 million for the same period last year. Domestic flights at Turkish Airlines were up 24.2 per cent for the same period, while international flights increased 25.1 per cent.

The national carrier also increased its business class passengers by 24.8 per cent, and the number of transit passengers went up 30.2 per cent. In addition, the carrier’s seat occupancy rate rose 2.5 per cent to hit 79.8 per cent year-on-year and the number of landings rose 22 per cent to 240,749 from January-August 2013.

These statistics are good news for owners of property in Turkey, who will feel encouraged by the country’s popularity and level of people wishing to visit it.