MANILA – Turkish Airlines is planning to expand its flights between the Philippines and Turkey following the launch of its direct, non-stop Manila-Istanbul flights.
Ahmet Olmustur, Turkish Airlines chief marketing officer, said Turkey’s national flag carrier is looking at mounting daily flights between Manila and Istanbul.
Currently, the airline has direct, thrice-weekly flights between Manila and Istanbul on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Temel Kotil, chief executive officer of Turkish Airlines, said the airline hopes that its new flights to Manila will boost trade between the two countries.
Kotil said Turkish Airlines caters to tourists, businessmen, and transit passengers seeking a gateway to Europe.
“Transit passengers prefer to use Turkey as a jump-off point to Europe for its seamless transfer procedures. Strategically located in the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa, Turkey is only three hours away by plane from over 60 different countries,” he said.
In 2014, 3,581 Filipinos visited Turkey.
Turkish Airlines general manager for the Philippines Erhan Balaban is confident that the tourism prospects between the Philippines and Turkey will continue to grow.
“Many are eager to discover the Philippines’ world-famous beaches, while there are historic sites in Turkey and Europe that Filipinos would love to see,” said Balaban.
Turkish Airlines operates the world’s fourth largest flight network with over 260 destinations in 108 countries. The airline flew more than 54 million passengers in 2014.