Growth in Turkish market driven by domestic demand; SAW sees rapid growth everywhere

TAV’s new airport, Antalya Gazipasa, officially opened on 13 July. TAV Airports’ private jet was the first aircraft to land. A high-level delegation greeted TAV Airports Holding President & CEO Sani Şener. Aircraft such as the A319 and 737-500 will be able to land on the airport’s newly extended runway. TAV is currently talking to a number of LCCs and charter carriers regarding operating from Gazipasa.

In 2009 Turkey’s major airports have continued to demonstrate robust growth with passenger numbers growing at 11 of the country’s top 12 airports in the second quarter. Overall traffic has grown in the first half of 2009 by 4%, driven by an increase in domestic air travel of 10%. International traffic is down 3%. However, at Istanbul Ataturk, the country’s busiest airport, the opposite is true with domestic traffic down 3% and international traffic up 3%, helped by a number of new international routes that Turkish Airlines has started in the first six months of this year. These include Benghazi (Libya), Gothenburg (Sweden), Mashad (Iran), Nairobi (Kenya), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Toronto (Canada) and Ufa (Russia).

Chart: Turkish airports growth 2009
Source: DHMI

Only Antalya, Turkey’s second busiest airport, has seen a drop in passenger figures, although even here domestic traffic was up almost 18%. However, the larger international market was down almost 12% resulting in traffic falling around 7% in the first half of 2009.

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Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, the city’s second airport, has reported traffic growth of almost 30% so far this year. Domestic demand is up almost 40% while international traffic is up almost 10%. New international routes to the airport in the last 12 months include Bari (MyAir), Berlin Schönefeld (Pegasus), Brussels (Pegasus) and London Gatwick (easyJet).


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