How Turkish airlines is growing opportunities in India

The airline’s chairman is a fan of Indian aviation.

Turkish Airlines conducts a healthy operation across India. It provides passenger and cargo flights to the busy metropolises of Delhi and Mumbai while operating cargo-only services to the likes of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Nonetheless, the flag carrier of Turkey is keen to expand Indian opportunities in this next chapter.


Crucial codeshares


Throughout its route map, the operator provides passengers with flight options to over 580 destinations with its offline and flight network through 55 codeshares and over 100 Special Prorate Agreements (SPAs). One such lucrative codeshare is with IndiGo, with the Indian carrier last month highlighting that it seeks to expand the collaboration with Turkish Airlines on flights to North America.


IndiGo even began deploying a Boeing 777 wet-leased from Turkish Airlines on flights between Delhi and Istanbul. The second leased 777 was unveiled in IndiGo’s blue and white in March.


Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board and the executive committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat is proud of the presence his airline has in India. Still, there are plenty of prospects to scale up in the subcontinent.


Room for advancement


He notes that India and Turkey are two countries with high development potential in numerous areas, including passenger and cargo traffic. With this in mind, Turkish Airlines has taken its commercial partnership with IndiGo to a more strategically important level by deepening the synergy the operators have captured.


“We started codesharing between Türkiye and India. Here, we provide our passengers with flight choice flexibility while also contributing to mutual development by combining our strength in Türkiye and Europe with IndiGo’s strength in India domestic routes.


“Additionally, Indigo desired to operate direct flights to Istanbul from Mumbai as well as Delhi, but their aircraft fleet restrictions prevented them from doing so. We have signed a wet-lease agreement that enables Indigo to increase capacity by operating flights between the two countries with wide-body aircraft. Thus, we aim to expand and win together.”


Bolat adds that there is potential for more partnerships to be formed between the two countries in the tourism and economic space. Therefore, his team would like to see Star Alliance partner Air India (which also has a codeshare with Turkish Airlines) and other Indian carriers operate flights to Istanbul.


Partnerships remain key


The executive shares that the aviation industry contributes to the overall ecosystem with new ideas in a timely and effective manner, which is a factor that has become increasingly important in recent years. So, his airline creates future-oriented strategies by putting a deserved emphasis on smart investments and efficient partnerships.


Bolat concludes:


“Such partnerships provide strategic contributions to both sides to strengthen and diversify our networks. We evaluate joint initiatives that will provide maximum benefits based on win-win relationships. From this perspective, the enrichment of the connections created by joint capabilities is an important parameter for agreements.”


Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi previously highlighted that his company isn’t getting enough from the Indian market. Notably, there are curbs on the number of flights foreign carriers can operate in India. Subsequently, external airlines have to approach opportunities more intelligently. Altogether Turkish Airlines aims for partnerships that allow the entities to grow together. This approach will undoubted

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