Hamburg celebrates 50th anniversary of Turkish Airlines route to Istanbul

Hamburg Airport for Turkish Airlines 50th anniversary

Hamburg Airport and Turkish Airlines have held a special celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hamburg-Istanbul route. The celebrations included a spectacular cake and a traditional Fire Truck Water Arch.

Hamburg Airport and Turkish Airlines have held a special celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hamburg-Istanbul route. The celebrations included a spectacular cake. Photo credit: Michael Penner

As part of the celebration, Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport; Nurullah Oguz, Director of Turkish Airlines in Hamburg; Dr Judith Reuter, Head of the Aviation Department in the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation; and Emine Derya Kara, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Hamburg, formally welcomed the A330 flying the jubilee route.

“A business partnership that lasts for 50 years is not to be taken for granted,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport. “The Hamburg-Istanbul route launched a genuine success story. Demand is strong all year round for the flights offered by Turkish Airlines, and Hamburg’s route network is inconceivable without them. Turkish Airlines was one of the first carriers to resume operations during the pandemic crisis, successively increasing frequencies. This courage paid off. Measured by passenger numbers, Turkish Airlines developed into the fifth largest airline in Hamburg last year. At the same time, this commitment demonstrates once again the importance of Hamburg. And we know that we have a forward-looking partner by our side in the form of Turkish Airlines, a partner that depends on modern, efficient aircraft such as the Airbus A321neo, Airbus A350 and Boeing 737 Max. As the first CO2-neutral commercial airport in Germany, we are very happy to see this.”

Hamburg Airport and Turkish Airlines have held a special celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hamburg-Istanbul route. The celebrations included a traditional Fire Truck Water Arch and a formal welcome of the A330 flying the jubilee route. Photo credit: Michael Penner

Nurullah Oguz, Director of Turkish Airlines in Hamburg, commented: “We at Turkish Airlines are delighted to have been at Hamburg Airport with our Istanbul services for 50 years now, and we are proud to have offered people in Hamburg and the entire region pleasant and comfortable flights from the city to Turkey for several decades, especially with the onbound flights to destinations around the world via our Istanbul hub.”

As part of the celebration, Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport; Nurullah Oguz, Director of Turkish Airlines in Hamburg; Dr Judith Reuter, Head of the Aviation Department in the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation; and Emine Derya Kara, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Hamburg, formally welcomed the A330 flying the jubilee route. Photo credit: Michael Penner


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