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Turkish Airlines Champions International Air Connectivity in Africa

Turkish Airlines is constantly changing the game in air connectivity with its penetration into emerging African markets.

Turkish Airlines has one of the widest flight networks, flying to 122 countries with 304 destinations worldwide; 53 of which are in Africa.

Recently, Turkish Airlines announced the addition of Moroni to its flight network, making the country its 53rd African destination.

The flag carrier airline of Turkey, which was named Europe’s best airline for five years, as well as Number One in Africa, has expressed its aim to expandits routes specifically in Africa.

The airline currently has existing flights to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Freetown and more, across Africa.

On its plans to expand in Africa, especially in Nigeria, M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee has said, ‘Turkish Airlines currently flies from three locations in Nigeria, namely Lagos, Abuja and Kano, but would like to also fly from Port Harcourt and a few other locations.

”Expressing its commitment towards Nigeria’s growth, Turkish Airlines not only offers passengers traveling from Nigeria a chance to enjoy Stopover services, which includes complimentary accommodation and a great opportunity to discover the unique beauty of Istanbul during their transit.

The Airline celebrated Nigeria as one of the five African teams flying out to compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament by developing an all-inclusive traveler’s guide for Nigerians traveling to Russia.

Turkish Airlines, being the top international carrier to Africa, hasprioritized Africa, by always giving back in times of great material needs. For example, the airline strongly supports the Somalian group “Love Army for Somalia”, by delivering aid to fight famine and drought in Somalia.

Turkish Airlines has also been involved in projects in 24 African countries including, building and renovating schools, orphanages, clinics, providing education and drilling water wells. Some of its other projects are setting up solar panels for clinics and conducting cataract surgeries.

The Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee for Turkish Airlines, M. İlker Aycı, explains Turkish Airlines commitment to increase its flight network in Africa. He says ‘The key to unlocking Africa’s economic growth potential lies with the ability to guarantee seamless Air connectivity.

Air connectivity provides the opportunityto experience parts of the world the average person will otherwise not know about. This increases tourism, attracts business investment and human capital, which is vital to the economic prosperity of many countries’.


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