Istanbul: To cater to the ever growing transfer passenger traffic demand from India, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines plans to exponentially expand services and add several new destinations, once bilateral air traffic rights between the two countries are enhanced, a senior company official said.
Accordingly, Turkey’s government has again approached India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation to start negotiations on a new air service agreement for allocating more airport slots to airlines of both the countries.
“Our authorities have approached the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation for the enhancement (of the bilateral traffic rights). This is a government to government talks. As and when we get it, we will start flights to new destinations in India,” Mert Dorman, SVP, Corporate Marketing, and Distribution Channels, Turkish Airlines told IANS.
“We are ready for offering more flights but before that to happen the two countries’ aviation authorities need to enhance the bilateral rights. As of now demand is very high and not enough seats on Istanbul route are available.”
Dorman’s views were corroborated by Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer of Istanbul Airport.
Talking to IANS, Polat said that transfer traffic has increased from India to Istanbul with the start of IndiGo’s operations here. (IANS)