Turkish Airlines beats Lufthansa to become Europe’s leading carrier

Turkish Airlines has overtaken the German Lufthansa carrier to become Europe’s largest flag carrier as measured by available seat capacity, with it increasing its seat offering by 1.6%.

This also makes it the continent’s third largest airline after Ryanair and easyJet.

The news came just as the airline is set to switch operations from Istanbul Atatürk to the new Istanbul Airport.

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Presently, the carrier is operating from Europe’s newest mega-hub to following international destinations: Ashgabat, Baku, Frankfurt, Kuwait City, London Gatwick, Moscow Vnukovo, Munich, Paris CDG and Tbilisi.

The airline which is also operating domestic services to 14 destinations, is operating 105 weekly departures from the airport, with it expected to switch all services to the new facility on 7 April.

Ryanair remains the top airline on the continent, with it growing its seat capacity by 7.6% in Q2 2019, which represent just under 2.88 million additional departing seats versus the same quarter of 2018.


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