Istanbul Ataturk Airport
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- Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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- Adria Airways
Ariana Afghan Airlines
Azerbaijan Airlines AZAL
China Southern Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Iran Aseman Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT - Polish Airlines
Middle East Airlines
MNG Airlines Cargo
Rossiya - Russian Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Air Canada
All Nippon Airways
Pakistan International Airlines
Operated by TAV Airport Management, Atatürk InternationalAirport is the major international gateway to Istanbul, Turkey. Hosting domestic and international passenger and cargo services for over 30 airlines, the airport is a hub for airlines including Turkish Airways and AtlasJet. Atatürk International is among the fastest-growing major international airports in the world, enjoying exceptional growth in recent years, in line with the economic growth of Turkey and national carrier Turkish Airlines.
Location of Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey
Ground Handlers servicing Istanbul Ataturk Airport
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Air Canada returned to profitability for the full year 2012 despite bruising labour unrest and intensifying competitive pressure from its main domestic rival WestJet.
To combat the increasing threat from WestJet, Air Canada is leveraging its international network in the hopes that strategic moves it is making to improve existing service and introduce new markets will allow it to sustain its recently-achieved fragile profitability.
The carrier’s 2012 adjusted net income of CAD53 million (USD53 million) reversed a loss of CAD122 million (USD122 million) for the year-prior. Its full year 2012 profit is all the more noteworthy given its net losses for 1H2012 grew by CAD241 million (USD241 million) to CAD306 million (USD307 million).
While Air Canada turned a CAD107 million (USD 107 million) profit in 2010, it sustained losses of CAD24 million (USD24 million) in 2009. During 2008 Air Canada bled CAD1 billion (USD1 billion), which was followed by concessionary agreements reached with labour groups in 2009 to avoid a second stint in creditor protection after its emergence in 2004.
Air Canada is banking on continued strength in its Pacific network into 2013 as it aims to expand its reach into Asia during the summer high season next year through new service to Seoul from its Toronto hub and an expansion of offerings to Beijing and Tokyo Narita. At the same time the carrier is introducing flights between Toronto and Istanbul, Turkey as a means to tap the strength of fellow Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines’ network across central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The new flights to Istanbul could be Air Canada’s answer to the growing partnerships that airlines participating in other large global alliances are forging with Gulf carriers, something Air Canada and its major Star partner Lufthansa have so far refused to explore as both carriers have been the most critical of the rapid expansion of Middle Eastern airlines during the last few years.
The moves by Air Canada into Asia during 2H2013 follow the carrier’s strong performance in its existing markets in the region throughout 2012. Presently, Air Canada serves five destinations in the Asia Pacific region – Beijing (from Toronto and Vancouver), Shanghai (from Toronto and Vancouver), Hong Kong (from Toronto and Vancouver), Tokyo Narita (from Vancouver and Toronto) and Seoul (from Vancouver). Asia currently accounts for 10% of Air Canada’s international seats on offer and 26% of its international ASKs.
Six monthly financial reports have been issued by a variety of airport operators for the period ending 30-Jun-2012 (1H2012). Continuing a trend observed previously most continue to weather the economic storm quite well, even in Europe, with some doing surprisingly well.
Turkish Airlines is planning further expansion of its North American network, currently five destinations, with the recent announcement of plans to serve Houston from Apr-2013. The airline has also indicated it will commence services to Miami, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta as part of its near- to medium-term network expansion plan with Miami also likely to be launched in 2013.
The launch of new US routes comes after Turkish has used 2012 to take a break in opening more trans-Atlantic routes and instead focus on increasing frequencies to its existing North American destinations.
Turkish Airlines has steadily expanded its network in Europe over the past decade but now it intends to take its expansionistic conduct a step further with acquisitions in some of the continent’s medium-sized airlines. It is in negotiations with LOT Polish Airlines to purchase a shareholding and it has shown preliminary interest to participate in the planned privatisation of TAP Portugal. Turkish has already one of largest networks in Europe and its new strategy to complement its strong organic expansion with mergers and acquisitions spells more bad news for Europe’s legacy airlines that have not been able to match Turkish Airlines’ high growth in recent years. Turkish Airlines has openly stated it aims to be the world's largest carrier.
The Istanbul Ataturk-based airline has consistently outpaced the traffic growth of its European full service counterparts since 2003 and has posted growth rates well above the average of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) members.
As part of efforts to become a global player in the airport sector, India’s GMR Infrastructure is seeking to expand its international footprint beyond its Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Male presence. GMR, which also operates Delhi and Hyderabad airports, two of India's largest airports, is looking at projects in countries ranging from Spain and Croatia in Europe to Puerto Rico and North America in the Americas, in addition to airports in Southeast Asia and Africa. The company’s airport segment, meanwhile, reported a loss in the three months to Jun-2011, although its Male and Hyderabad airports were profitable. All GMR’s airports were profitable at the EBITDA level in the quarter, with robust traffic growth across the board.
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