By Zairina Zainudin
KUALA LUMPUR: Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, will increase its flight frequency from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Istanbul to 14 times weekly from the current 10 times weekly, beginning June 1 this year.
Turkish Airlines Inc, General Manager (M) Osman Safak Kucukcolak said the additional flights were to cater to the needs of Malaysian and foreign tourists flying to Istanbul as well as other European countries via KL.
“We are adding more flights as we believe that Malaysia is one of the powerful countries in ASEAN.
“We have a really strong network in Europe. (We can connect) people who want to fly to Malaysia, and gather them in Istanbul. With our supporting directories in the region, we will have no problem loading our aircraft,” he told Bernama.
To celebrate the additional frequencies, Osman Safak said Turkish Airlines would offer promotional fares in June and July 2016 for one-way trips to major European cities including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and others.
The airline would also offer promotions for business class seats, he said.
Turkish Airlines started operations in Malaysia in April 2013, with introductory round trip flights three times per week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Given the tremendous demand, Osman Safak said the airline’s business in Malaysia remained robust and it was eyeing for more expansion in the future.
“We’re investing here as we believe in our future in Malaysia. We are able to bring more passengers to Europe. So that’s why Malaysia is so important to us.
“Until now (the business is) doing very well. We believe we can do more in the future, but at the moment we are only increasing the flight frequency,” he said, adding the airline currently deploys a brand new 289-seater Airbus 330 aircraft on the KL-Istanbul route.
Turkish Airlines, among the youngest fleets in Europe, has been awarded the Best Airline Europe by Skytrax for the last five consecutive years.
The airline aims to increase its number of passengers to 120 million in 2023 from the current 60 million, and the number of aircraft from 300 to more than 500.