Turkish Airlines is the second most operator in Europe
18 July 2020
Turkish Airlines ranked second among air carriers in Europe with 568 out of a total of 14,170 flights in July 15, according to Pan European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol. Irish budget airlines Rynair took the lead with 866 flights on the same day, while Hungary's Wizz Air ranked third with 499 flights. Air France, which ran 433 flights and Germany's Lufthansa followed them with 403 flights. The number of flights across Europe was nearly down 60 percent compared to the same day in 2019 due to the travel restrictions imposed after the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 around the region since February.
"Narrow-body airlines accounted for 6,724 (47.3%) of yesterday's flights, reflecting the predominantly intra-European nature of flights currently across the Eurocontrol network," said the agency's director general, Eamonn Brennan, on his official Twitter account.
Top three airports by number of flights were Paris Charles de Gaulle, with 655, Amsterdam Schipol, with 533 and Frankfurt Main with 511, according to Europol data. "Istanbul Airport was placed fourth with hosting 421 flights, among the busiest airports in Europe," said Turkey's Directorate General Civil Aviation in a statement. Athens's Eleftherios Venizelos Airport followed with 403 Flights.