In 2018, Turkish Airlines (THY) & German airline Lufthansa witnessed the best time

Published on : Friday, March 1, 2019

In its history in 2018, SunExpress, a joint venture of national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) and German airline Lufthansa, seized the highest revenue as well as growth figures.


In a statement yesterday, in 2018, the carrier grew by 10 percent compared to the previous year and churned out revenue of around 1.3 billion euros ($1.48 billion). The passenger numbers the company carried in 2018 reached 10 million, up 10 percent annually, as the load factor stood at 84 percent.


While mentioning that SunExpress has continued with its constant growth followed by strong financial structure for two years in a row, SunExpress CEO Jens Bischof said, “In 2018, we achieved a substantial growth in international capacity of approximately 10 percent compared to the previous year by recording the highest revenue in our history, with a total of approximately 1.3 billion euros… With our strong financial structure and expertise as a leisure carrier we will continue to be the backbone of air travel for the Turkish tourism industry in 2019.”


With a target of creating an air bridge between Turkey and Europe, SunExpress provides a record capacity of 6.6 million seats from Central Europe to Turkey in 2019, the carrier said. Majority of the 2019 record capacity increase of over 20 percent will be attained with additional flights between Turkey and Europe. Bischof further stated that “we are the airline carrying the most number of tourists to the Mediterranean and Aegean regions with scheduled flights. In addition, we directly connect a record number of Anatolian cities to Europe. This summer, we will operate scheduled direct flights to 36 destinations in Europe from 16 cities in Turkey.”


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