2014 has seen Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destination boost, after figures from Turkey’s State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) showed that the number of passengers that passed through Turkey's airports in August increased 11 percent year-on-year to reach a total of 19 million.
For the first eight months of 2014, the number of passengers travelling through Turkish airports surpassed 110 million. Looking closer at the figures, domestic plane traffic rose 10.8 year-on-year, with domestic passenger numbers rising 7.2 per cent year-on-year to more than eight million. And international plane traffic was up nine per cent year-on-year, with international passenger numbers recording a healthy 14 per cent rise, to more than 10 million.
The four busiest airports in August were İstanbul Atatürk Airport, Antalya Airport, İstanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and İzmir's Adnan Menderes International Airport.
Meanwhile, national carrier Turkish Airlines carried over 26 million passengers in the first half of 2014, representing a 17 per cent year-on-year increase. This generated the airline a net profit of TRY172 million ($80million), equating to a staggering 42 per cent year-on-year hike. Turkish Airlines enjoyed a seat occupancy rate of 79 per cent in the January-June period.
The airline now has one of the largest flight networks in the world, flying to 263 destinations in 108 countries.