Posted on: 30 January 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Turkey’s Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) has announced that Pegasus Airlines carried 19.74 million passengers during 2014, which is an increase of 17.3% from the 16.82 million passengers carried in 2013.
When the figures are broken down, they reveal Pegasus’s growth was fairly even across both the domestic and international market. The number of passengers taking domestic flights with Pegasus in 2014 was 11.97 million, a year-on-year increase of 17%, while the number of passengers on Pegasus international flights reached 7.77 million, a growth of 17.8% compared with the same period in 2013.
The load factor on Pegasus’s domestic and international routes combined reached 79.9%, even with the 16 new destinations introduced during 2014, which increased the total available seat kilometres by 20.9% year on year, reaching 24,378 million in 2014.
New destinations in 2014 included Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt, which expanded the airline’s African network. As of January 2015, Pegasus is flying scheduled services to 30 destinations in Turkey and 59 in the rest of the world, bringing its total to 89 destinations in 36 countries.
“At Pegasus we continued our steady growth trend of recent years into 2014 and also increased our market share,” commented general manager of Pegasus Airlines, Sertac Haybat. “Our share of the domestic market rose to 28% and our share of the international market to 9.4%. In 2015, we plan to continue our steady growth by adding new aircraft to our 55-strong fleet and launching new destinations to our expanding network.”
The data for Turkey's aviation sector showed that Pegasus grew 1.4 times faster than the rest of the Turkish domestic market for its internal flights and 1.5 faster for its international flights in 2014.