Dar es Salaam. Turkish Airlines’ load factor reached a record high of 84.3 per cent, up by 5.7 points in August compared to the same period in 2016.
According to a press statement issued by the airline’s office in Dar es Salaam over the weekend international load factor also recorded a jump, up 6.3 points to 84.1 per cent compared to August 2016.
Total Load Factor of the airline which has a direct flight to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar improved by 1.3 points with a minimal increase of 0.5 per cent in capacity (Available Seat per Kilometre) while domestic Load Factor increased by 2.4 points to 87.6 per cent.
On September 15, the airline announced a route to Lusaka via Dar es Salaam with flights on Mondays and Thursdays.
The double digit growth in demand (revenue per kilometre) that commenced in July was maintained with 10.1 per cent growth in demand.
The airline’s capacity (Available Seat Kilometre) increased by 2.6 per cent compared to August 2016. The total number of passengers carried went up by 14 per cent, reaching 7.4 million passengers.
Excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers), the number of international passengers went up by 40 per cent.
On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometre and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.
In August, cargo/mail volume maintained the double digit growth trend and increased by 21 per cent compared to the same period of 2017.
Main contributors to the growth in cargo/mail volume are North America with 32 per cent increase, Europe (24 per cent), Far East (22 per cent) and Middle East (18 per cent).