By Muhammed Ali Gurtas
Turkey's national flag carrier carried 69.7 million passengers from January to November 2018, the company announced Monday.
The total number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines rose 10 percent in the first 11 months of the year over the same period in 2017.
"Excluding international-to-international transfer [transit] passengers, number of international passengers went up significantly by 12 percent," the airline said.
The airline's seat occupancy rate -- passenger load factor -- surged 3 percentage points to 82 percent over the same period.
The company also stated that the cargo/mail carried in the 11-month period totaled 1.3 million tons with a 25-percent annual hike.
Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933, flies to more than 300 destinations in over 120 countries. Last year, the airline carried 68.6 million passengers with a 79.1 percent seat occupancy rate.