Turkish to double destinations in Africa in 2013

Turkish Airlines also plans to buy planes with bigger volumes

Turkish Airlines is continuing to develop the African market and has now announced plans to double its presence in Africa during this year and next year. The airline’s CEO, Temel Kotil, tells ATW that it flies to 20 cities in Africa, but “by the end of this year we go to 30 destinations in Africa [and] we [would] like to have 40 next year.” Turkish also aims to expand in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kotil adds that the airline would operate mainly Boeing 737-800s and -900ERs into Africa. A further decision on aircraft orders will be made later this year, he said. However, Turkish Airlines needs to buy planes with bigger volumes, such as Boeing 747-8s or the Airbus A380s since capacity is limited at its Istanbul hub.
[pictured: Doc. Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Airlines]