BY NY Staff
Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of the Turkish government, launched a direct flight route between Aden and Istanbul this past week, part of plans for an expansion of operations in Yemen. The Turkish airline currently operates four flights to Yemen a week and is looking to have daily flights in the near future. The inaugural flight to Aden is part of a larger vision of further developed commercial activity between Yemen and Turkey.
Upon the arrival of the inaugural flight at Aden International Airport, the governor of Aden, the Minister of Transportation and local authority officials held a ceremony to celebrate the step taken by Turkish airlines to flight to Aden after Sana’a. During the reception ceremony, a variety of speeches were given to mark the occasion. For his part, governor Waheed Ali Rasheed said the launching of the Aden-Istanbul route provided motivation for transportation companies, as Aden is considered a center for trade and investment.
Turkish Ambassador Fadhli Churman expressed gratitude to the Yemen government and other official sectors for facilitating the process of opening new lines and for establishing links between the people of the two nations. He also praised steps taken by the Yemeni government to survive what has been a time of crisis.
Churman added that Turkish Airlines was celebrating its inaugural flight to Aden with a program prepared by the company to reach the Yemeni business community. “Turkish Airlines was the only European airline that continued flights to Yemen during its period of crisis; flights were offered even when they carried only about four passengers,” said Churman.
For his part, Elwan Al-Shaibani, Chairman of the The Universal Group – the sole agent of Turkish Airlines in Yemen – expressed his great appreciation for the great amount of attention Turkish companies have shown for investment opportunities and the mutual exchange of commercial activities.
Minister of Transportation Waed Bathaib said his ministry would correct many things related to activities at Aden Airport. He also stated that he was eager to reactivate the city’s public bus line to facilitate the movement of passengers and reduce travel expenses. Bathaib said in his speech that the launch of the new route would help to establish a strong partnership between Yemen and Turkey for the future.
Turkish Airlines General Manager for Yemen Mustafa Ozkahraman Manager said, “We are very pleased to be the first European airline to fly to Aden. Our plan is to fly daily between Aden and Istanbul.”
Ozkahraman added that Turkish Airlines had introduced a campaign alongside the inaugural flight that included special round trip fares of YR 48,200 between Aden and Istanbul.
Akif Koner, Turkish Airlines’ Vice President for Marketing and Sales for the region, spoke about the importance of launching the route and as well as about the rich historical relationship which has existed between Yemen and Turkey.
Aden International Airport General Manager Tareq Abdo said, “The route promotes Aden airport in both the trade and investment sectors, and opens the door for further international flights,” he said.
The ceremony was also attended by Secretary General of the Local Council Abdulkareem Shaef, the Undersecretary of Aden governorate’s investment sector Ahmed Ahmed Al-Dhelaee, Assistant Undersecretary of Aden governorate Hussien Ahmed Al-Darb, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation for Air Affairs Abdullah Al-Ansi, and Undersecretary of the Aviation Authority Mohammed Abdulkader.