Turkish airports report double-digit growth this autumn; Istanbul leads way

Two Istanbul airports experiencing growth: Sabiha Gökçen International Airport gives way for even further development with its new terminal facilities, while Turkish Airlines’ expansion at its main hub further boosted Atatürk International Airport.

Analysis of Turkish airport data provided by DHMI reveals that passenger numbers have risen by almost 14% in September and 10% in October. Eleven of the country’s top 12 airports grew during this period. For the year as a whole, Turkish airport traffic is up 5.2%, driven by an 11.9% increase in domestic traffic. International traffic is up marginally by 0.1%. The airport bucking this trend is Turkey’s busiest, Istanbul Ataturk. Here, domestic demand is down 2% while international traffic is up 6.6% as Turkish Airlines continues to expand its global network.

Chart: Turkish airports growth 2009 - Monthly passenger traffic versus previous year
Source: DHMI

Istanbul’s second airport at Sabiha Gökçen has reported traffic growth of 41% so far this year. Domestic demand is up over 50% while international traffic is up over 20%. It is now the fourth busiest airport in the country and is likely to overtake Izmir in 2010, especially as it recently opened its New International Terminal.

Chart: Top 12 Turkish airports - Passengers numbers Jan-Oct 2008 & 2009 (millions)
Source: DHMI

Turkey’s airports are on track to handle over 80 million passengers in 2009.


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