In a clear indication of its burgeoning aviation sector, Türkiye witnessed a remarkable surge in air traffic during 2023, reaching a staggering 2.1 million flights – equivalent to an aircraft taking off every 15 seconds. This substantial growth, marking a 14.9 percent year-on-year increase, underscores the strategic investments made in the nation’s aviation infrastructure.
According to sources from the State Airports Authority Directorate General (DMHI), this notable increase in flight numbers, inclusive of transit overflights, can be attributed to substantial investments in Türkiye’s civil aviation sector. Experts in the aviation field point to these strategic initiatives as pivotal contributors to the impressive rise in air traffic within the country’s airspace.
By the close of 2023, an astonishing 67 percent of the aircraft traversing Türkiye’s airspace were involved in commercial flights. This segment experienced a noteworthy 16.3 percent year-on-year increase, totaling 1.3 million flights. This surge underlines the attractiveness and efficiency of Türkiye’s airspace for commercial aviation activities.
Domestic air traffic also experienced significant growth, witnessing a 10.5 percent year-on-year increase in 2023, totaling 868,400 flights. This rise reflects the robust connectivity and enhanced accessibility facilitated by Türkiye’s domestic aviation network.
Internationally, Türkiye’s aviation sector showcased a remarkable upswing, with international flights witnessing a 15.8 percent increase, totaling 813,400 annually. The surge in transit overflights through Türkiye’s airspace was even more pronounced, registering a substantial 22.3 percent increase and reaching a total of 485,200 in 2023.
These impressive statistics highlight Türkiye’s emergence as a pivotal hub for both domestic and international air travel. Notably, within just over two decades, the aviation landscape has undergone a transformative shift. In 2002, only Turkish Airlines (THY) operated scheduled domestic flights to 26 destinations from two hubs. Fast forward to 2023, and three airlines are now operating domestic flights to a comprehensive 57 destinations from seven hubs across the country.
Equally notable is the international reach of Türkiye’s aviation sector. In 2003, international flights were limited to 60 destinations, but by the close of 2023, this number skyrocketed over fivefold to an impressive 343 destinations. This expansion not only underscores Türkiye’s growing influence in the global aviation arena but also highlights the nation’s commitment to fostering increased connectivity and accessibility.
In conclusion, Türkiye’s airspace stands as a bustling crossroads of domestic and international aviation activity, experiencing a remarkable surge in 2023. With strategic investments and a commitment to innovation, Türkiye’s civil aviation sector stands tall, facilitating connectivity and fostering a thriving aviation ecosystem at the heart of the Eurasian region.