Turkish Airlines records 67% growth in passenger traffic from Kuwait and announces rapid expansion
Honours travel agents in Kuwait for their contribution to impressive growth
· Announces plans to increase to 35 weekly flights from Kuwait in the summer, more than double the current operations, as part of wider Middle East expansion
· Gala dinner attended by representatives from Turkish Embassy, other country Ambassadors, Kuwait Civil Aviation, leading travel agents and Turkish Airlines officials
· 12 awards honoured to best performing Kuwait Travel Agents
Kuwait City, Kuwait; March 17, 2013: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline, recorded a growth in passenger traffic of 67 percent in Kuwait during 2012 compared to 2011, sustaining the momentum that the world’s fastest growing airline reports across the Middle East, and in Kuwait.
A celebratory event was held in Kuwait City to honour travel agents for their contribution to driving passenger traffic and announce rapid expansion plans. The gala dinner, at JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City, was attended by Turkish Embassy representatives, Kuwait Civil Aviation and other country ambassadors. Leading travel agents in Kuwait attended the event which included a ceremony to honour 12 awards for best performance.
Turkish Airlines provided an overview of expansion planned in Kuwait announcing a gradual increase to around 35 flights a week over the peak summer season, more than double the current fourteen weekly flights. With a new average of five flights a day, Turkish Airlines will offer flexible times, competitive prices and access to more countries than any other airline.
Building on the recent growth achieved by Turkish Airlines in terms of passenger traffic from Kuwait, the airline increased the number of seats on flights to and from the country by 77 percent in 2012.
Adem Ceylan, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Kuwait, said: “The travel industry has been integral in contributing to the robust growth of 67 percent in passenger numbers from Kuwait in 2012, highlighting the rising importance of Turkey as a business and leisure destination.
“The increase in passenger numbers is testament to the growth in demand from both business and leisure travellers to Turkey and beyond destinations and we are confident that with our award-winning inflight service and competitive pricing the upward growth will continue.”
He added: “We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of our partner travel agents in Kuwait, who have contributed to the rapid expansion of Turkish Airlines network in the region, and to the airline’s 221 destination network – the largest country network in the world.”
The construction of Turkey’s new airport in Istanbul, recently announced to become the largest in the world, is paving the way for further expansion of Turkish Airlines operations worldwide and across the Middle East where the airline currently flies to 31 destinations. The airline has also seen an uptake in tickets purchased to Istanbul’s Sabiha airport on the Asian side of the city due to competitive ticket prices from Kuwait.
The company’s growth is in line with the recent IATA announcement that Middle East airlines posted the strongest growth rates for January this year, outperforming the global industry average by tapping into demand from emerging markets.
Turkish Airlines also recently launched The Turkish Corporate Club (TCC) in Kuwait which provides corporations with benefits including competitive rates, exclusive discounts, free luggage allowance and flexibility.
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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 208 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 221 cities around the world, comprised of 37 domestic and 184 international destinations.
One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe.”
Turkish Airlines has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011.” Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board.
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, AviancaTaca, Blue1, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.