Turkish Airlines adds Havana to its network of destinations

Posted: 03-Jan-17 10:44

Turkish Airlines has just established a route with two new destinations for the company: Havana and Caracas. According to expert authorities, the air carrier sees much business and tourism potential in the Cuban capital and could soon start flying there on a daily basis. After the inaugural flight which recently took place, the carrier reached a total of 295 destinations and now stands out as the airline with that flies to the highest number of countries in the world.

Turkish Airlines adds Havana to its network of destinations

Flying to almost 300 destinations around the world, Turkish Airlines just hit a milestone after becoming the air carrier that flies to the highest number of countries. This impressive development comes after the company’s new route kicked off, inaugurating flights to two new destinations for the carrier: Caracas and Havana.

As a result, the airline will be flying to 17 destinations in the American continent, 295 airports around the world and offering airlift to 119 countries.

The Turkish carrier launched the Istanbul-Havana-Caracas route with a comfortable Boeing 777 airplane comprising seats for 349 passengers. These trips are set out to improve the airlift among Cuba, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In order to celebrate this new collaboration, a special ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Mehmet Buyukesksi, a member of Turkish Airlines’ Board, and authorities from Cuba and Venezuela, as well as diplomats, the media and the airline’s executives.

From now on, Havana and Caracas are scheduled to receive flights three times a week. Nonetheless, according to Mr. Mehmet Buyukesksi, Turkish Airlines could fly to Havana on a daily basis in line with the tourism and business potential of this capital. On the Cuban side, Xonia Beltran, delegate of the Tourism Ministry, welcomed the flight and indicated that Cuba has reported an increase of 8.7 percent in the number of Turkish visitors.

Mr. Buyukesksi continued to praise Cuba during a ceremony held at Melia Cohiba Hotel. The member of Turkey’s Exporters Association, which provides jobs to 3 million people, spoke about the island’s potential for the travel industry and the kindness and hospitality of the Cuban people.

Each time a new route is opened, Turkeys Exporters Association usually organises business missions. In this case, the one targeting Cuba should arrive in the Caribbean nation within three months, with the intention of establishing business contacts and negotiations.

The future looks bright for Cuba-Turkey business relations. Turkey’s ambassador to Cuba, Berris Ekinci, said that this new flights will not only strengthen the bonds between Ankara and Havana, but also encourage the flow of tourists to the island nation and, as a result, contribute to the development of the Cuban economy.

As a curious fact, Turkish Airlines also made the most of these routes and kicked off its “Bridging Youth” project, a corporate responsibility initiative where students are given the opportunity to get to know destinations for free. Four Turkish university students flew to Havana and enjoyed a series of cultural activities, including guided visits in the city. The young visitors have been sharing pictures of their experiences on Turkish Airlines’ social network profiles.


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