Thursday, October 11, 2012

Turkish Airlines set to fly Istanbul–Kilimanjaro route

Turkish Airlines is set to begin scheduled services to Kilimanjaro International Airport (Kia) from December 4, thanks to an aggressive marketing strategy for the airport spearheaded by the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (Kadco).
Kadco, which manages operations at Kia, has already secured $30 million from a Netherlands-based firm, Orion Grand Facility in a bid to transform the airport into a fully-fledged tourists’ gateway by 2014.
According to Kadco acting managing director Bakari Murusuri, the agreement was reached during the 18th World Route Development Forum, the largest global event held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on Tuesday that sought to chat way forward on determining the future of air services.
Mr Murusuri said Turkish Airlines will operate five times a week with a B737-900 on the Istanbul Ataturk – Kilimanjaro – Mombasa route.
"This will be yet another milestone in our quest to be on a competitive edge. The landing of the airline will help connect Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to markets in the US, Canada and Europe through Turkish Airlines network.
“We believe the airline’s entry will help open up more opportunities especially in the tourism sector since the region is home to unique tourist attractions,” he said.
Turkish Airlines joins other global airlines that include Qatar Airways, KLM, Kenya Airways, Edelweiss air, Condor air and Ethiopian Airlines to fly to and from the airport located in northern Tanzania

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