Turkish Airlines opens new Doha office underlined by 55% increase in passenger traffic from the city
New office located in Crown Plaza Building E, Doha
· Opening ceremony attended by His Excellency Ahmet Demirok, Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, Turkish Airlines travel partners, corporate and elite customers
Doha, Qatar; November 13, 2013: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline, opened its new office in Doha today, led by increasing customer demand with a 55 per cent growth in passenger traffic reported from the city in the first nine months of this year, compared to same period in 2012.
This year, the national carrier of Turkey celebrates its milestone 80th anniversary and after seven years of operations in Doha now has 10 weekly flights, connecting travellers from the city to 239 destinations globally, across 104 countries, the largest country network for an airline.
The global carrier also recorded an overall 24.1 per cent increase in passengers in the first nine months of this year. The airline’s record growth sustained across Qatar and the Middle East is in line with the growing number of tourists travelling from Qatar to Turkey, with an increase of 32.1 per cent in the first 9 months of this year, recorded by tourism officials.
The new sales office, located in Crown Plaza Building E, was officially opened in the presence of His Excellency Ahmet Demirok, Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar. The event was attended by Turkish Airlines’ key travel partners and the airline’s senior representatives who provided an overview of growth, the destination network and planned expansion.
Mehmed Kursad Caymaz, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Qatar, said: “The increase in passenger numbers from Qatar is testament to the growth in demand from both business and leisure travellers to Turkey. Our new office will deliver enhanced service for our customers, and travel partners in Qatar, who have been integral to our growth from the country over the last seven years.”
Murat Bas, Vice President Marketing & Sales for Turkish Airlines in Middle East & Cyprus, said: “The Middle East is one of our fastest growing markets, underpinned by the buoyant economies in thriving cities like Doha. With our award winning inflight service and competitive pricing to Turkey and beyond destinations we are confident of sustaining this upward growth.”
A major contributor to growth in traffic from Doha and the wider Middle East is the growing appeal of Turkey as a holiday destination, and the airline launched a number of travel campaigns this year, specifically for Qataris, to take advantage of promotional fares to cities like Istanbul, famed for its cultural blend of Easter and Western influences.
To highlight the airline’s America network, and new destinations such as Houston, travellers from Qatar can take advantage of incredible round trip fares to six cities in North America over the winter season, with up to 30 per cent off flights for passengers traveling from Doha via Istanbul to Washington, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.
For more details including flight schedules of Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com, or visit the new Turkish Airlines sales office.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 233 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 241 cities around the world, comprised of 44 domestic and 197 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, it has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2013 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe" for the third year running and continued to be “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the fifth consecutive year. Having the designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, Turkish Airlines has been also awarded "Best Business Class Catering” in 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards. For more information about Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.