In conjunction with the rapid economic growth of the country,
Turkish aviation industry has been registering a remarkable growth
during the recent years. Utilizing from the geographical position
of the country, which is strategically located in the close
vicinity of Middle East and Africa as well as acting as a bridge
between Europe and Asia, the Turkish aviation industry has taken
off to be one of the leading in Europe.
The recent growth in the industry is well reflected by the
numbers. A decade ago, the number of destinations that the civil
aviation companies in Turkey had been flying was only limited to 23
with only a single airline company providing the services. During
the course of the last decade the number of service providing
airline companies had jumped to five with 43 different flying
destinations. The number of people employed in the industry
demonstrates the growing clout of the Turkish aviation sector as
well. The number of people employed by the industry was only
48.000. However the last decade saw more than a 100% increase in
the numbers of people working for the industry which has already
exceeded 100.000 mark.
Compared to the previous year, in 2013 commercial flight traffic
in Turkey increased by 11.9% and the passenger traffic rose by
14.5% as well as a 17.3% rise registered for the cargo traffic. In
line with the Regional Aviation Policy that was adopted a decade
ago, the number of passengers had recorded a tremendous increase,
to be more precise the rise in the total number of passengers for
this period has been a 233% increase. This means Turkey to be
ranked as the fifth largest Aviation industry in Europe, a spot
above Italy. The ongoing construction work for the third airport in
Istanbul, once completed is expected to increase even more the
already growing number of passengers.
Especially much attention has recently been started to paid for
the environmentally sensitive services. A recent example is the
success of the Antalya Airport which has been rewarded with the
Airport Carbon Accreditation Optimization certificate as the result
of its attainment of low level of carbon emission which led the
airport to be listed among the top 8 airports that with the least
amount of carbon emission in the world. It should be mentioned that
such a trend for environmentally conscious aviation services is a
natural outgrowth of the Green Airports initiative adopted by the
General Directorate for Civilian Aviation in 2009.
A growing concern for the betterment of services inside the
airports during the recent years is the services for the disabled
people. Another initiative which had again been adopted by the
General Directorate for Civilian Aviation concerning the disabled
resulted with one of the leading airports in Turkey, Ankara
Esenboğa Airport to be fully functional for the disabled
passengers where they can benefit from the services uninhibited and
on an equal basis with the abled passengers . Similar initiatives
are going on to ensure service equality and functionality for the
disabled passengers in other airports all over Turkey.
The recent regulations in the industry are specifically designed
to match the growing quality of the Turkish aviation industry. Such
a concern for better match for high quality services especially
demonstrates itself in staff recruitment process and transparency
efforts. It is by no means a coincidence that the General
Directorate for Civilian Aviation has recently been aligning itself
with the Higher Education Council in Turkey. The underlying logic
behind the latest protocol between these two important institutions
is to ensure a continuous recruitment of well educated and highly
qualified workforce to meet the demands of high quality service
providing industry. Apart from the efforts for ensuring the high
quality of the workforce for the industry, the legislative
framework tries to attain a higher level of transparency. A recent
example is the latest regulations that provides easier electronic
access to the documents issued by the General Directorate for
The Turkish aviation industry has been undergoing a
comprehensive transformation. Its recent success not only reflects
the geographical location of the country which leaves it as a
natural hub for air transportation but also a well planned and
coordinated policy that ranges from regulatory efforts to
environmentally conscious designs and from better quality services
to intensive transparency policies. It is by no means a coincidence
that the industry has already taken off to position itself as one
of the leading in Europe.
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