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Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 15 : 20 PM [IST]

Air connectivity between India and Turkey is set to improve soon: Turkish Ambassador

According to Sakir Özkan Torunlar, Ambassador of Turkey to India, the air connectivity between the two countries is set to look up sooner than later as Government of India has started the process of “reviewing the existing” air service agreement with Turkey.  

Without divulging the details of the talks on the air service bilaterals, the Ambassador expressed the hope that soon there will be more carriers connecting the two countries. There are possibilities of Indian carriers starting operations on the route as well as Turkish enhancing connections in India, he said. He also didn’t rule out possibilities of direct flights from stations other than Delhi and Mumbai to not just Istanbul, but to other cities in Turkey.  

He was speaking at a meet and greet session with travel media at his residence in Delhi. 

An avid traveller and one who has a close understanding and knowledge about close historical linkages between the two countries, Ambassador Torunlar said that he wanted more Turkish to visit India and experience the culture and hospitality here, and at the same time more Indian travellers explore the Turkey. “For this to happen, connectivity has to improve. You cannot ask tourist to make stop over somewhere in the Gulf on both ways and spend 3 to 4 hours for transit,” he said. 

 Talking about Destination Turkey, Ambassador Torunlar said that Turkey is unparalleled as a destination from an Indian traveller stand point, because it is safe, economical and above all gives the warmth and feeling of a ‘home away from home’ for Indians. 

 When asked about the new International Airport in Istanbul, the Ambassador said that the new airport will be the world’s largest airport in terms of its capacity and will make Istanbul a aviation hub for three continents – Asia, Europe and Africa. The airport will be thrown open for operations on October 29, Turkish National Day, he said. The airport is designed to accommodate 200 million passengers in a year, he informed.
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