Turkish Airlines Is Happy to Land in Havana
Turkish Airlines added two destinations to its operations, thus totaling 295 and standing out as the company that flies to the highest number of countries around the world.
With a route that kicks off in Istanbul, Havana and Caracas have joined the airline’s world network of air operations. The inaugural flight was given the traditional baptize in both airports with a ceremony headed by Mr. Mehmet Büyükesk?i, a member of Turkish Airlines’ Board, and authorities from Cuba and Venezuela, as well as diplomats, the media and the airline’s executives.
With these new steps, the airline will be flying to 17 destinations in the American continent, 295 airports around the world and offering airlift to 119 countries. Havana and Caracas are scheduled to receive flights three times a week and, according to Mr. Mehmet Büyükesk?i, they could fly to Havana on a daily basis in line with the tourism and business potential of this capital.
During a ceremony held at Meliá Cohiba Hotel, Mr. Büyükesk?i praised Cuba, its potential for the travel industry and the kindness and hospitality of the Cuban people. The executive is a member of Turkey’s Exporters Association, which is made up of 65,000 people and provides jobs to 3 million people. The Association usually organizes business missions after a new route is opened and the one targeting Cuba should arrive in the Caribbean nation within three months, in a bid to establish business contacts and negotiations.
On the Cuban side, the flight was welcomed by the delegate of the Tourism Ministry (Mintur is the Spanish acronym), Xonia Beltran, who pointed out that Cuba has reported an increase of 8.7 percent in the number of Turkish visitors. According to the official, that market prefers mixed products and circuits, as well as sun-and-beach offers.
Turkey’s ambassador to Cuba, Berris Ekinci, said that this new flights are going to strengthen the bonds between Ankara and Havana, thus fostering the flow of tourists to the island nation and contributing to the development of the Cuban economy.
Turkish Airlines launched the Istanbul-Havana-Caracas route with Boeing 777, seats for 349 passengers, which is going to improve the airlift among Cuba, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With these new destinations, Turkish Airlines teed off its “Bridging Youth” project, a corporate responsibility initiative.
Four Turkish university students were given free tickets to fly to Havana and enjoy a series of cultural activities, including guided visits in the city. The young visitors will be sharing experience and pictures on Turkish Airlines’ social network profiles.