Turkish air traffic continues to surge as the number of passengers continually increases. According to figures announced by General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey, total number of airway passengers as well as direct transit passengers in April this year was up 13.1 percent on the previous year, reaching a total of 10.9 million.
The buck doesn’t stop there, as the number of aircraft landing at/taking-off from domestic and international lines also saw incredible growth, with a total 39,807 international flights an increase of 8.9% and 55,363 and increase of 15.8% compared to April 2012.
Cargo transportation also increased 16.8 percent in domestic flights and 12.2 percent in international flights. Total cargo transportation reached 189,301 tons including cargo, mail and luggage.
When you see figures like this you begin to understand why the Turkish government has just agreed a multi-billion dollar contract to build one of the world's largest airports in Istanbul. The third airport in Istanbul seems a bit of a stretch until you look at just how rapidly Turkey is becoming one of the hottest ticket's in global aviation.
As Istanbul perhaps begins to grow into itself, Izmir could well be a new hot city in air-travel. This week SunExpress has just inaugurated a new route from Turkey’s third most populous city to Oslo (OSL) in Norway. The service, which was last operated by the airline in October 2010, is offered with a weekly frequency. The route was complemented by a new domestic route linking Izmir with Batman (BAL) located in south-eastern Turkey.