Turkish Airlines aims at 300-route limit

THY builds network with more long-haul destinations

Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil has told ATW that 300 destinations by 2015 “will be the absolute limit” to the fast growth in its number of destinations. More routes have now been added to its network from Istanbul Ataturk, including Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sebha (Libya), Niamey (Niger), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Yaounde and Douala (Cameroon) and Isfahan (Iran). Long-haul routes to be added in 2013 include Havana and Mexico City, while others such as Bogota and Panama City are under consideration.
THY currently flies to 214 destinations in 94 countries. On the 300 route barrier, Kotil says: “More will be not possible. We will also increase frequencies throughout our network.” Negotiations with lessors for more Airbus A330s or Boeing 777s are underway.
[photo courtesy Boeing]

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