Nov 07

Barcelona Turkish Airlines ‘hub’ to fly to Latin America

On June 1 released a third daily flight from Barcelona to Istanbul

The deck used Turkish Airlines Airport Barcelona-El Prat as a focal point for their planned new connections between Istanbul and Caracas (Venezuela), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Mexico DC.

In a meeting with the press, the president of the company, Hamdi Topçu, stated that the Catalan capital is the first option, but has warned that the appointment will depend on the outcome of the collaboration agreement entered into with Spanair. The partnership can only be established with Spanair, since both the Spanish and Turkish Airlines belong to the airline alliance Star Alliance, which includes 28 airlines around the world.

In this sense, the two companies already share code on flights within Spain and on the route Istanbul-Sao Paulo, and pointed Topçu aimed at strengthening collaboration. Topçu noted that during 2011 will start at least one of the three planned new routes to Latin America. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines connects three times a day the Turkish capital with Barcelona since June 1.

The company president has stressed that this rate increase is due in part to “the large number of passengers coming to see the Barça match.”


Topçu announced that during 2011 will debut two new points of connection with the mainland, and has indicated that one of them will be Bilbao and the other is still to be confirmed. The new destinations are added to the four that the airline already has in Spain: Barcelona, ​​Malaga, Valencia and Madrid.

Turkish Airlines had a profit of 191 million euros in 2010 and expects to end 2011 with positive results “despite the large investments made during the year.” Topçu stressed that during the first quarter of this year the number of passengers has increased by 10% over the same period a year inside, and this growth is expected to reach 29% by the end of the year.

However, he acknowledged that the first months of the year have been weak, and has been attributed to rising oil and season. The Turkish company flies to 140 destinations worldwide, 75 of them European, and increase their frequencies to Eastern Europe, Caucasus Republics and the Middle East in the coming months.

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