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Turkish Airlines wants to carry 120 million passengers by 2023

"We were able to expand our position among the most profitable airlines in a difficult market environment, as 2015 was extremely unstable politically and economically, and currency fluctuations were also major challenge," said Ilker Ayci, CEO of Turkish Airlines since last year, at a press conference at ITB Berlin.  Last year, profit exceeded the one billion dollar mark for the first time in the company's history.  The number of passengers has doubled within two years to 61.2 million, 34.2 million of which traveled on international flights.  The network currently includes 287 cities and in coming months will be expanded to new destinations such as Atlanta, Bogotá, Panama, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  Their large involvement in Africa, with 40 destinations, will be expanded to include Conakry.  The fleet will grow by at least 43 aircrafts to a total of 340 jets by end of the year.  The airline company aims to carry more than 120 million passengers on over 500 aircrafts for the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic as part of the "Road to 2023" agenda.  At the core of this agenda is Istanbul's new airport, designed to accommodate 150 million passengers per year.  The first stage of expansion is scheduled to begin in 2018.  At ITB Berlin, Turkish Airlines is also presenting itself as sponsor of the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  They are showing the original Batmobile at the fair, and the leadership team flew to Berlin in an appropriately custom-painted Boeing 777.

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