.
.
.
.

Turkish Airlines passengers rise 24% in Jan. to 4 million

Flag carrier also sees its load factor increase in first month of 2014

Published: Updated:

Turkish Airlines said on Thursday its passenger numbers rose to 4 million people in January, a 24.3 percent year-on-year increase.

The state-run airline’s load factor increased by 0.7 points to 76.5 percent in the first month of the year, according to a filing with the stock exchange, Reuters reported.

The Turkish flag carrier earlier this week said it had reached a $560 million deal with IAE to buy engines to power 25 of its aircraft. That deal was announced at the Singapore Air Show.

Turkish Airlines plans to maintain its aircraft deliveries in 2014 and said it was having no difficulty in running its operations despite sharp falls in the lira, Reuters reported earlier this week.

“What is happening in Turkey is local and we are international,” chief executive Temel Kotil told Reuters.

He said the airline was not currently considering adding to 256 aircraft on order as it expands its fleet.