Turkey’s leading low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines’ traffic data for the year 2014 has been announced by the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP). Pegasus Airlines increased its market share of the Turkish aviation sector on domestic routes by 28% and on international routes by 9.4%.
During 2014, Pegasus carried 19.74 million guests, translating to an increase of 17.3% from 16.82 million guests in 2013. The number of guests taking domestic flights in Turkey was 11.97 million, a year-on-year increase of 17%, while the number of guests on international flights reached 7.77 million, a growth of 17.8% compared to the same period in 2013. Pegasus' share of the domestic market rose from 26.9% to 28% and its share of the international market increased from 9% to 9.4%.
In 2014, Pegasus Airlines continued to connect its guests with new destinations in Turkey and beyond, extending its network to the African continent for the first time with the launch of scheduled flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt. Pegasus also added 14 new routes with Bahrain, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hurghada, Kuwait, Lyon, Madrid (Malpensa), Milan, Mineralnye Vody, Nice, Prague and Sharm El Sheikh; and as of January 2015 is flying a scheduled service to 30 destinations in Turkey and 59 in the rest of the world, bringing its total to 89 destinations in 36 countries.
Pegasus, maximising its productivity as one of its main priorities, had a number of landings of 133,300 in 2014 while the number of passengers per landing rose was 148. Continuing to use its fleet effectively and productively, Pegasus recorded 235,989 block hours and a daily aircraft utilisation of 12.6 block hours. The total available seat kilometres, on both domestic and international routes, increased by 20.9 per cent year on year, reaching 24.378 million in 2014.