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Pegasus continues its steady growth: passengers up 17.3%

Carrying 19.74 million guests in 2014, Pegasus Airlines increased its market share of the Turkish aviation sector on domestic routes by 28% and on international routes by 9.4%. The load factor on domestic and international routes combined reached 79.9%. Pegasus grew 1.5 times faster than the rest of the Turkish industry in terms of passenger numbers.

Turkey’s leading low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines’ traffic data for the year 2014 has been announced by the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).  

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.  

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. That same year, 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.  

Commenting on the 2014 traffic results Pegasus Airlines' General Manager Sertac Haybat says: “At Pegasus we continued our steady growth trend of recent years into 2014 and also increased our market share. 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.”

  Pegasus gives its guests the inspiration and opportunity to travel and go beyond the traditional concept of holidaying with new experiences via its rapidly expanding network, increase in flights to existing destinations, a favourable pricing policy as well as a young fleet of aircraft. All this at the same time as keeping productivity up while controlling costs.  

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.

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