Turkish Airways announced that it would soon begin flying to Zambia, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius and Guinea.
Turkish already has the largest network in Africa among foreign carriers, overtaking Air France and Emirates by adding a staggering 25 African destinations over the last three years.
The new destinations will make Turkish more competitive with its rivals in the Gulf, which have also been rapidly expanding in Africa. Emirates Airlines currently flies to 22 destinations in Africa while Turkish travels to 41. Addis to Istanbul has been served daily through the airline for the last decade.
Turkish Airlines’ Board Chairman, llker Aycı said last week to African Journalists who visited the airline that the new destinations will greatly benefit their customers.
“These destinations create potential for us to link more places in the future,” Ilker Aycı said. “Africa is a growth story and the opportunities are enormous, we will continue to thrive there,” he added.
Turkish Airways expects their revenue to dip slightly this year and the chair was asked if the July coup attempt impacted their service.
“We can’t say that the coup attempt has not had any impact on our income or the number of passengers, it has. However, now things are normal.” He went on to say that they had fired over 700 workers that they suspect were involved in the coup attempt. Turkish Airlines hopes to earn USD 12.2 billion in 2016 by transporting 141 million passengers. It also has the goal of becoming one of the top ten airlines in the world and by 2023 hopes to be raking in USD 24 billion. Turkey will soon replace Atatürk Airport with a new facility 35 kilometers from central Istanbul on 7,650 hectares.