Kotil, Cawley talk air services in Istanbul

Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Airlines (left) and Michael Cawley (right), Deputy Chief Executive and COO, Ryanair

These people (probably) launch more routes than anyone else in the world.

Besides announcing that it will start building a new $10 billion, six runway airport for 150 million passengers this year, Istanbul will be the scene for the biggest global meeting in the airport community’s 2013 calendar – the combined ACI EUROPE and ACI World Annual Congress & Exhibition, which is hosted by TAV Airports, operator of 12 airports in Turkey and around the world, including Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

In a highly appropriate move, the convention will be addressed by two top-level speakers: one from Turkish Airlines – the world’s most active launcher of new routes from the full-service sector – and one from Ryanair – its counterpart, as the most prolific new route launcher at the other end of the airline spectrum – low cost carriers.

For Turkish Airlines, Dr. Temel Kotil, President and CEO, will give a keynote address explaining the airline’s desire to be “the largest airline on Earth”, in which he will explain “How can airports around the world become Turkish Airlines partners and share in this success?”

For Ryanair, Michael Cawley, Deputy CEO and COO, will take part in a public “Airline Conversation” with major airports such as Munich, and multi-airport operators such as GMR, operator of Istanbul’s massively growing Sabiha Gökçen Airport, as well as Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Airport in India.

anna.aero supports attendance at this event and believes that everyone in the air transport industry needs to pay more attention to Turkey, because:

  • Turkey is Europe’s fastest growing economy: +10% pa
  • Globally-ambitious TAV Airports is a great potential airline partners with major airports in Turkey (4), Georgia (2), Tunisia (2), Macedonia (2), Latvia (1) and Saudi Arabia (1)
  • Full-service Turkish Airlines has 40m pax, 200 aircraft, 220 destinations and +25% pa growth
  • Low cost Pegasus Airlines has 100 A320/A321 NEOs, 45 737s, 83 737-8s on order and +15-20% pa growth.
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport has rocketed from 3.5 pax in 2008 to 12.5 million today! A second runway opens 2015
  • The new 150m pax airport for Istanbul! Turkey’s government is considering a third Istanbul airport to capture the ever-increasing Europe-Asia transfer demand
  • To attend this event go here: http://www.aci-europe-events.com/annual-general-assembly/

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