Turkish Airlines Expands Operations in Nigeria, Moves to New Airport in Istanbul
Turkish Airlines has declared its intention to expand its operations and frequency of flights to Nigeria as the international Airlines includes Port Harcourt in its schedule of flights from Istanbul, just as the Airline is moving its operations to a brand new state-of-the-art and higher capacity Airport in its Turkey home country.
The General Manager, Turkish Airlines Lagos, Mr Yunus Ozbek, told journalists in Lagos that as part of the growth plans, the airline would begin four times weekly flight from London-Istanbul-Port Harcourt, starting 24th June, 2019.
Hence, that just like the airline had done in the case of Lagos and Abuja, it plans to connect Port Harcourt to the rest of the world through Istanbul.
This, according to the GM is coming on fact that Airline denoted as No. 1 in Africa, with 55 destinations on the continent, has Africa and Nigeria in particular very prominent in its growth plan as an important destination.
“Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and Nigerians love to travel. Lagos and Abuja are among our biggest destinations in Africa despite the competition on these routes. Nigeria is growing and we want to be part of this growth,” he said.
He stated that with the new route from Port Harcourt to Istanbul, Nigerian students from the region who wished to study abroad could also take advantage of its Students’ Discounted Fare programme, one of its numerous forms of corporate Social Responsibilities Programme aimed at supporting education.
Turkish Airlines General Manager, Abuja, said that the airline had recorded steady and significant passenger and cargo growth in the past few years, with 307 destinations globally.
He also disclosed that in line with its global expansion plans; the airline was also working on fleet acquisition, with a plan to raise the number of aircraft from 336 to 500 aircraft in the next four years.
This is aimed at improving the Airline’s record as one of the world’s youngest fleets in term aircrafts age. “When the aircrafts are new, there are no delays, they very easy to maintain and very reliable”, he said.
Claiming the Airline values the comfort of its passengers, the managers also disclosed that the Airline is moving its operations to a new airport in Turkey. The current (old) airport according to them has a capacity for 68million passengers a year while the airport whose phase One has just been completed will handle 90million passengers annually.
It is however expected that the new airport’s which sits on 1.4million square meters have a capacity to cater for 200million passengers when the entire four phases are completed.
In 2018 alone 46million tourists visited the Turkey, a country which is beautifully located between 2 continents – Asia and Europe.