As of the end of 2015, the Turkish civil aviation sector had a turnover of $23.4 billion, and the number of employees was 191,716. According to data collected from Directorate General of Civil Aviation 2015 Operational Performance Report by Anadolu Agency (AA), the aviation sector continued its growth trend of the last decade, increasing the number of aircraft and passengers.
The number of international destinations increased to 261 in 112 countries, and the number of domestic destinations was 55. Even though the global economy experienced a tough period in 2015 compared to the previous year, increased air transport demand and the number of passengers along with cheap flights drew much attention. The number of passengers using air transport reached 181.4 million, an almost 200 percent increase when compared to 2006. In the same period, the number of domestic flight passengers increased from 28.7 million to 97.5 million, while international flight passengers increased from 32.8 million to 83.9 million. The number of wide-body aircraft in the airline fleets increased from 259 to 489 in 10 years, while seating capacity showed a drastic increase from 42,335 to 90,259; and cargo capacity increased from 873,539 kilograms to 1,759,600 kilograms.
Total turnover in the aviation sector - airline companies, airport operators, maintenance, training and ground services - reached $23.4 billion, with 191,716 employees working in the sector.
According to a 2015 traffic report by Airports Council International (ACI), while the passenger traffic in European airports increased 5.2 percent in the group of airports hosting over 25 million passengers, Istanbul Atatürk Airport ranked second in passenger traffic with a 9.1 percent increase. The same report foresees Atatürk Airport coming first within two years given its rapid growth. While Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport became Europe's top airport with a 19.7 percent increase in the number of passengers in its group, İzmir's Adnan Menderes Airport came fifth in Europe in the same group with a 12.1 increase.