Turkish Airlines launches flights to Al Qassim
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Turkish Airlines is further strengthening its focus on Saudi Arabia with the launch of direct flights from Al Qassim to Istanbul.
The airline witnessed robust growth of 66% in passenger traffic in the country in the first five months of this year, compared to 2011. The inaugural flight from Istanbul International Airport was welcomed at Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport in Al Qassim by the airport’s senior representatives with a signing ceremony and celebratory reception attended by GACA members and VIP guests.
Ziya Taşkent, senior vice president marketing and sales for Turkish Airlines, said: “As part of Turkish Airlines planned expansion in Saudi Arabia and wider Middle East, we are delighted to be launching direct flights connecting over a million residents from the city to more than 220 worldwide destinations.”
According to a recent announcement from the Turkish Embassy in Riyadh, Turkey almost doubled the number of Saudi visitors from 2011 – 2012 and aims to increase this to 400,000 in 2013.
Muhammed Bilal Doner, general manager for Turkish Airlines in Al Qassim, said: “The airline’s new capacity in Saudi will also provide a platform for further business developments with Turkey owing to Al Qassim’s position as a rising city of commerce in the Kingdom.”
The flights from Al Qassim are scheduled four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and the route will be serviced with an Airbus 320 and Boeing 738.
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