ECONOMY

56M+ passengers fly with Turkish Airlines in Jan-Sept

Turkey's national flag carrier served 56.4 million passengers in January-September this year, the company announced Thursday.

Turkish Airlines' seat occupancy rate -- load factor -- was 81.4% in the first nine month of 2019.

"The number of passengers carried in domestic lines decreased by 7.6% and the number of international lines increased by 2.4%," it said.

Over the same period, the total number of passengers carried by the airline fell 2% year-on-year.

"Number of landings (passenger aircraft) of 377,264 for the period of January-September 2018 decreased by 1.7% to 370,713 in 2019.

"Cargo/mail carried during the period of January-September 2019 increased by 9.6% to 1,119,245 tons from 1,021,013 tons in 2018," the company said.

, founded in 1933, flies to more than 300 destinations in over 120 countries with its fleet of 335 aircraft, including passenger and cargo planes.

Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933 with a five-aircraft fleet, currently has over 340 aircraft, including passenger and cargo planes, and flies to 316 destinations worldwide.

Last year, the company carried 75.2 million passengers with a seat occupancy rate of 82%, and this year aims to reach 80 million passengers on domestic and international routes.

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