Posted on: 01 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
According to Turkey’s Public Disclosure Platform (KAP), Pegasus Airlines’ traffic data for the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) showed a year-on-year increase in the number of passengers by 10.8% to 4.52 million across a total of 89 destinations compared with 80 destinations at the end of the same period in 2014 (1Q14).
Passenger numbers on domestic flights totalled 2.86 million in 1Q15, a rise of 9.9% year-on-year from 2.61 million in 1Q14, while the number of passengers on international flights across the same period rose by 12.4% to 1.65 million.
The carrier’s load factor for 1Q15 reached 81.4% for domestic flights and 72.3% on international routes, creating an average passenger load factor of 77.8%.
Pegasus increased its market share of domestic flights in 1Q15 from 27.4% to 28% year-on-year and its share of the international market increased from 11.6% to 12.3% year-on-year – achieving an average market share of 21.9%, up from 1Q14’s figure of 21.3%.
General manager of Pegasus Airlines, Sertac Haybat, stated, “We ended 2014 with growth in double-digit figures after a year of continuous growth and 2015 has been equally as dynamic. According to Turkey's General Directorate of State Airports Authority there has been an increase in passenger numbers by 7.7% during the first quarter of 2015 for the country’s aviation sector in general.
“In the first quarter of 2015, as in previous years, we have continued growing faster than the rest of the Turkish aviation sector, achieving 40% faster growth than the rest of the sector this quarter. As one of the leading players of the country’s expanding aviation sector, we are very happy to be flying even more of our guests to where they want to go at our great-value fares.”