After experiencing a decline in 2016 and 2017, experts are predicting a return to record-breaking figures for the UK – Turkey flight market in 2018. A report by Anna Aero, the Airline Network News and Analysis company forecast a 16% growth in weekly seat numbers for all flights between the UK and Turkey.
During 2017, Turkish Airlines accounted for one-third of seats by serving Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester from Istanbul Ataturk airport, that is the busiest in the country. This figure could change for 2018, with other airlines announcing additional routes and increased capacity.
This included Jet2 who nearly doubled their capacity to Turkey by focusing on Bodrum, Antalya and Dalaman airport, the three main tourist airports accounting for trade in all the coastal resorts along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
The UK-Turkey flight market will be without Monarch Airlines in 2018 who ceased trading last year, but it looks like other airlines are eager to serve more passengers with the increased route and seat capacity.
Anna Aero report 31 new routes have been added to the UK – Turkey flight market for 2018, re-enforcing their belief that the Turkish tourism industry will once again, enjoy a profitable year.