Turkish Airlines’ CEO Dr Temel Kotil was the first passenger to arrive on the airline’s inaugural flight to Basra – the Star Alliance member’s fourth destination in Iraq. The ribbon was then cut with Iraqi representatives, opening one of three new routes launched by the fast-growing airline in the last week.
- Turkish Airlines launched three new routes in the last week. From the airline’s hub at Istanbul Atatürk (IST), the Star Alliance member added two new destinations on 28 June. The airline now serves Basra (BSR), its fourth destination in Iraq after Erbil, Baghdad and Najaf, with three weekly flights. Competition comes from Iraqi Airways’ weekly service. The same day, Turkish Airlines launched five weekly flights to its fifth destination in Italy; Naples (NAP) in the south of the country. 124-seat A319s are used on the route. On 2 July, the airline launched a route between Izmir (ADB) and southern Germany’s Munich (MUC). The two weekly flights, which are operated with 159-seat A320s, compete with Lufthansa’s twice-daily services as well as daily operations on the two airline’s joint venture SunExpress.