Turkish Airlines carried 44.8 million passengers in 2021, the national flag carrier said on Monday.

The number of passengers carried was down nearly 40% compared to the pre-pandemic period in 2019, according to a statement sent to Turkiye’s Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).

The passenger load factor, or seat occupancy, decreased by 13.8 points to 67.9% during the same period. This was 78.4% on domestic flights and 66.2% on international flights.

However, the volume of cargo and mail it carried reached to 1.9 million tons in 2021, a 21.7% rise from 2019.

By the end of 2021, the number of aircraft in the fleet was 370, the statement added.

December figures

In December 2021, the airline served 4.3 million passengers, down from 5.5 million in the same month of 2019.

The load factor stood at 71.1% last month, the statement said.

Cargo and mail carried in December 2021 increased by 9.4% to 151,441 tons from 138,446 tons in December 2019.

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