Q: What are the reasons behind Turkish Airlines’ plans to introduce new routes and step up flights to Southeast Asian destinations, which is happening amidst the industry downturn?
A: Within Turkish Airlines growth strategy, investing for new routes is an item that we attach significant importance even though the downturn in the industry is evident. In this context, Turkish Airlines continues to launch routes on a global scale. In 2009, Turkish has launched flights to Nairobi , Dakar , Sao Paolo, Benghazi , Meshad, Toronto , Jakarta , Goteborg and Lviv. We are in the process of seeking new routes to add to our portfolio since we believe that more destinations will work best to nominate Istanbul as a truly regional and even global hub.Q: What would you attribute Turkish Airlines’ continued growth in profit and passenger numbers to?
A: Turkish Airlines focuses on many items that we believe would work significantly for the end goal of growth. In that respect, we make continuous efforts to service quality, best performing connection opportunities and offering more and more convenient flights to passengers. We are making our best in order to promote Istanbul's distinct location as a hub.
Q: How are you adapting to the challenges facing the aviation industry – the decline in passenger numbers, rising operating costs, the flu epidemic, etc.?
A: We believe the recent commercial
and financial figures for Turkish Airlines
demonstrates the reflection of adopting
correct business level strategies. However,
we closely follow up our costs, check the
efficiency of our processes and procedures
and make sure that it complies perfectly
well for maximising the utilisation of our
passengers. On the other hand, we work
closely with government agencies to take
utmost cautions to avoid diseases including
the flu epidemic
Q: How are the code-sharing talks
with Thai Airways progressing?
How would the agreement benefit THAI, which does not fly to
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