Having started off with five aircraft, twenty domestic destinations, and a handful of excited young friends, our AnadoluJet journey continues today with twenty-four aircraft, four of which are on wet lease; fifty destinations, fourteen of which are international; 7.5 million passengers a year; and the dedication shown by all of our employees. “AnadoluJet” was born on April 23, a very special day. Within three years, we became Turkey’s fastest-growing airline in domestic flights, growing in capacity by 189 percent between 2008 and 2010.
For the last three years, we carried 4.1 million passengers for fares under 59 TL, and 5.6 million passengers for fares under 100 TL. AnadoluJet is now the airline carrying the most passengers domestically after Turkish Airlines, our main brand. Brand new cities flown to by no other airlines, new campaigns, the cultural activities we support, the mile rewards program we put into practice, the fact that we reduced domestic check-in times to thirty minutes, the renewed contents of our magazine, takeoff rates of over 90 percent even in locations where harsh winter conditions are prevalent, and baggage handling faults now at a rate of below even one in ten thousand indicate that we take efforts to increase customer satisfaction and listen to the voices of our guests.
In addition, we would also like to break the news of four new flight destinations. Flights to Gazipaşa-Alanya, Baku, Batumi-Hopa, and Istanbul from Ankara, and from Ankara to Gökçeada via Çanakkale, are to start in our summer schedule. We will announce the dates they will begin in the upcoming days.
The number of terminal buildings fit for Anatolia is rising with the openings of the new terminal buildings in Erzincan on March 4 and Hatay Airport on March 8. We hope that they will be beneficial and we extend our congratulations to all who worked on them.
At a press conference, we announced the opening of the thirty-thousand seedling “AnadoluJet Memorial Forest” that we established in Çubuk, Ankara in honor of our third year and gifted to our passengers and employees. We plan to spread our forests, which we created with additional contributions by the General Directorate of Forestry, to all our flight destinations in the years to come.
Following meetings at the Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam, Sivas Cumhuriyet, Erzurum Atatürk, Van Yüzüncü Yıl, and Diyarbakır Dicle universities, in April, the “Jetgenç Campus Activities” will come to an end for this year in Gaziantep, Siirt, and Şanlıurfa universities. We will be at campuses we have not yet visited with spring festivities, various events, and surprises.
We hope that the “National Sovereignty and Children’s Holiday” on April 23, a gift from our great leader, Atatürk, will pass as you please, and wish you a pleasant holiday. Breaking the good news that all children between ages two and twelve may travel for a 50 percent reduced fare, we express our heartfelt desire for the defense if the common rights of all the world’s children, and for them to live their childhoods where they belong and how they ought to be.