Zaman - Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) has set its sights on Africa for growth, according to its General Manager, Temel Kotil. Kotil, speaking at a Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) meeting in Cologne, Germany, said that THY will add eight new flights to the 18 destinations it currently flies to in Africa.
As the fastest growing airline company in Europe, THY has a fleet of 178 modern aircraft with 55 more on order. Referring to the company’s rapid growth fuelled by the increasing number of transit passengers, Kotil pointed out the high percentage of passengers travelling from African countries. “Africa is increasingly important for Turkey and THY. We are aiming to become the leading carrier in the continent,” he noted.
THY currently flies to 218 destinations all over the world. The four-star carrier will add 18 new routes to its flight network in 2012, becoming the world’s 7th largest airline company by number of destinations.
THY has been voted the “Best Airline in Europe” in Skytrax’s World Airline Awards 2011.