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Turkish Airlines Becomes the Leader in European Flight Volume.

20th February 2021 - 10:30am

Turkish Airlines becomes the leader in European flight volume

Turkish Airlines becomes the leader in European flight volume


Turkish Airlines has become Europe’s biggest carrier by volume this week. The airline has overtaken giants like Lufthansa, British Airways, and Ryanair to operate the most flights. The ranking comes as European airlines remain in hibernation amid strict border controls across the continent.

Taking the lead

According to data from Eurocontrol, Turkish Airlines was Europe’s highest volume carrier in the week of February 8th to 15th. The airline averaged 592 daily flights last week, handily beating runner-up Air France at 383 daily flights. Turkish has been working hard to maintain its network and ramp up cargo capacity amid high demand.


However, the flag carrier wasn’t the only airline to make it to the top of the list. Turkish budget carrier Pegasus came in at third place, with an impressive 263 daily flights. Turkey is one of the few countries globally still allowing visitors to enter without strict quarantines, boosting passenger numbers.


Turkish Airlines Boeing 777

Turkish Airlines holds the record for having the most destinations of any carrier and has bounced back from the pandemic impressively. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying


Other European carriers have been flying skeleton services to ensure essential air links only, reminiscent of the pandemic’s early days. As new strains and rising cases impact the EU, airlines have scaled back their operations for the time being.

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