Turkish Airlines fourth in Europe in number of passengers

Even as its European competitors are contracting in the global economic crisis, Turkish Airlines is continuing to grow thanks to its strategy of placing emphasis on transit passengers and its Europe-Middle East routes.

In May the airline rose to fourth in Europe in terms of number of passengers. According to data released by the Association European Airlines (AEA), Turkish Airlines, which was Europe’s seventh largest by number of passengers last year, displaced SAS Scandinavian, Iberian (Spain), and KLM (Holland) in the first five months of this year to rise to fourth place immediately behind Lufthansa (Germany), Air France (France) and British Airways (The United Kingdom).