After the Ministry of Transport introduced the ceiling price application, airline companies increased their international flights to cover their fuel costs. As the number of planes diverted to domestic routes decreased, many passengers started to experience ticket problems this time. Despite the increase in domestic demand in June and July, the capacity of airline companies decreased by 30 percent compared to 2019. Domestic flights are full to holiday regions and cities in Anatolia weeks in advance.
Orkun Özkan, Commercial Director of Enuygun, stated that the increasing costs due to the increase in oil prices in Turkey and the effect of inflation caused a decrease in the revenues of the airlines in domestic routes, and accordingly, companies preferred more international flights. Noting that Turkish companies have reserved many of their planes for flights from Russia, especially due to the shortage of planes in Russia, Özkan noted that the number of flights in the Middle East is increasing in order to meet the increasing demand for Turkey after the pandemic.
It is much more difficult to find a seat on airplanes on long flights.
Expressing that there is a serious demand for flights in domestic tourism as well, Özkan stated that there is a significant decrease in the number of flights compared to the pre-pandemic period. Expressing that the capacity of airlines in domestic flights decreased by 30 percent compared to 2019, Özkan said, “Currently, it has become much more difficult to find a seat on airplanes in Turkey, especially on long flights over 1.5 hours. There is a very serious increase in demand, namely in searches for airline tickets and bus tickets. Domestic flight ticket sales were only 15 percent higher this June than last June. The situation was not much different in July,” he said.
Domestic prices increased by 104 percent
Noting that the domestic flight ticket prices showed an increase of about 104 percent compared to last summer, Özkan said: It may run out a week ago. For other routes, your flights are full 3 days before the flight. Optimal. com, we recommend buying a flight ticket 1 month in advance for routes that are in high demand.”
Backup list application
Hamit Kuk, Member of the TÜRSAB Board of Directors, said that the agencies are also experiencing a shortage of aircraft in domestic flights. Stating that the number of domestic flights has decreased considerably compared to last year, Kuk said, “We are experiencing these problems in almost every domestic line in Van, Trabzon, Rize, Dalaman, Bodrum. Planes come and go full. They even released a backup list application now. If someone cancels their ticket on the plane, they sell seats from the spare list so you can take their place. Last week, I waited on the reserve list to go to Trabzon myself,” he said. Kuk added that the flight ticket prices between Istanbul and Antalya have increased from 300 liras to 900 liras in the last year. Ferit Turgut, Chairman of TÜRSAB’s Mediterranean Regional Representation Board, stated that there are serious problems in neighboring provinces in the Mediterranean and in domestic routes in the Black Sea, “The planes are full. As agencies, we are also experiencing this problem.”
There are no vacancies on the domestic lines
THY and Pegasus carried the majority of Russian tourists due to the embargo imposed due to the war. Only on Friday, August 12, Moscow, Kazan and St. A total of 43 planes from St. Petersburg carried passengers to Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, Dalaman and Bodrum airports. This figure was 45 on Saturday, and 52 on Sunday and Monday. On August 12, from airports in Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Ankara, Moscow, Kazan and St. A total of 24 planes took off to St. Petersburg. On August 13, this figure rose to 29. It performed a total of 303 flights between Russia and Turkey in 4 days. Anadolu Jet, which started its operations with the concept of ‘cheap flight to Anatolia’ but started international flights a while ago, has also decided to make more international flights this year. Cost increases play an important role in this decision of the company.
Europe’s air traffic above pre-pandemic levels
According to the data released by the International Air Transport Association, the increase in international demand in June 2022 increased by 76.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 70.8 percent of 2019. It was stated that this increase was largely due to the continued strong recovery in international passenger numbers.
Pre-pandemic level not reached
Globally, air traffic has now increased by 229.5 percent compared to the same period in 2021, although it may now reach 65 percent of pre-pandemic levels. In June 2022, domestic traffic was able to catch up with 81.4% of 2019, increasing by 5.2% compared to the previous year. June traffic in Europe increased by 234.4 percent compared to 2021. On the other hand, capacity increased to 134.5 percent and occupancy to 86.3 percent. In the statement made by IATA, it was stated that international traffic in Europe was above pre-pandemic levels.