Turkish Airlines targets 17 percent annual growth in 2023

Turkish Airlines (THY) aims to achieve a growth of between 15 to 17 percent next year, says Ahmet Olmuştur, its chief marketing and sales officer at the flag carrier, adding that the carrier will continue to expand its fleet with new aircraft.

Turkish Airlines grew 69 percent in the U.S. This is unprecedented for an airline company, Olmuştur said, noting that the number of American tourists visiting Türkiye will increase from 1 million to 2 million.

“To boost the number of visitors from the U.S, new players from the health services, art and gastronomy industries will be added to the system. Transit business class passengers from the U.S. will be able to spend three nights at a hotel for free in Istanbul instead of two, while economy class passengers can stay two nights for free instead of one. This will offer new opportunities to the tourism sector,” he said.

The company is buying five A350-900 and seven B787-9 and five A321 Neo airplanes to expand its fleet, according to Olmuştur.

The number of airplanes in the fleet, including cargo planes, will reach 389 this year and further increase to 424 in 2023, he said.