Turkish Airlines eyes 69 million passengers in 2017

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) is aiming to transport 69 million passengers in 2017, the airline's head said on Friday.

"Our goal is to carry 69 million passengers this year, Ilker Ayci, chairman of Turkish Airlines said. The airline will reach 100 million passengers annually in a short period of time after inauguration of the third airport in Istanbul.

In November, the Turkish Airlines noted that it carried over 57.8 million passengers in the first 10 months of the year.

In October, Transport, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslanhad said that the third Istanbul airport will welcome the Turkish Airlines' first aircraft before February in 2018.

Ayci said the Turkey's national flag carrier is in the list of top six most preferred international airlines.

"Turkish economy and country's plane figure and market share is not in the top six in the world however we are in the top six in international passengers' most preferred and trusted airways list," the chairman of the airline said.

THY chief Ayci stated that the year 2017 would be better in terms of finance.

"In the world there is foreign exchange rate volatility and it affects our region. We manage it somehow. Our operating profit hits a record level if the effects of currency volatility are excluded," Ayci said.

Source: Anadolu Agency