Turkish open to investing in Indian carrier

“After the new foreign direct investment norms in India’s aviation sector, we have been watching the Indian market,” Mehmet Akay, General Manager, Western and Southern India, Turkish Airlines, told Business Today. “At present we do not have an actionable proposal or plan, but the options are there and as soon as a good opportunity comes, our management will not hesitate to invest.” 

Turkish Airlines currently operates 14 flights per week from Delhi and Mumbai.  Akay, who has been in India for about 18 months now, revealed the airline has been talking to Indian government officials for over a year now to increase the number of seats it has been allotted, as it wants to expand in other Indian metros as well as add flights to its existing network.

Flying to 100 countries, Turkish Airlines has the largest network globally.  Akay said 80 per cent of its passengers from India were transit passengers whom it carries to other global destinations from its hub in Istanbul.

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