Turkish Airlines Announces Brand New Flight Route to Durban Amidst World Routes Durban 2015
In 2015 The World Routes Development Summit, as the largest and most premier aviation and tourism event in the Routes portfolio, attracting the most senior representatives from airlines, airports and tourism authorities who wish to meet, discuss and plan new and existing global flight routes, has brought the summit to the African continent for the first time. World Routes Durban 2015 has been taking place at the Durban ICC (Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre) from the 19th September 2015 and ends on the 22nd September. The province of KwaZulu-Natal at large, stakeholders and investors, along with the organisers of World Routes have been waiting with bated breath to hear which airlines would announce their new international flight routes next.Amidst all the excitement of the summit, which has experienced an influx of over 2500 delegates from more than 110 countries, Turkish Airlines announced today that they would be establishing a new international route between Durban and Istanbul, launching before 15 November 2015. Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier of Turkey, and as of August 2015 it operates scheduled services to 277 destinations across the world and over 40 connections into Africa, making it the fourth-largest carrier in the world by number of destinations. Turkish Airlines will operate a four times a week service with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft via Johannesburg. The airline also endeavours to roll out a direct daily flight route as demand increases ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games that will be hosted by the City of Durban.
Over the last decade, the province of KwaZulu-Natal, together with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has invested heavily in the establishment of King Shaka International Airport and the surrounding state-of-the-art Dube TradePort that lies at the heart of Durban’s aerotropolis.
“The development and positioning of Durban as an aerotropolis has created a unique opportunity to increase international air arrivals, as it is a gateway unique to the African continent,” says KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu. “Dube TradePort facilitates the export, import and transshipment of products, and the continued investment by Government will allow the positioning of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa to participate in export-driven activities and international trade. The development of Turkish Airlines’ new international flight route via Durban could not have come at a more opportune time for this city and the economy of the African continent at large.”
Dube Cargo Terminal is one of the most secure cargo operations in Africa. It maintains an impressive record of 0% cargo loss since its inception in early 2010. This state-of-the-art facility is owned and operated by Dube TradePort Corporation. With automated handling equipment, which digitally tracks airfreight, Dube Cargo Terminal caters for extremely rapid turn-around times from airside to landside and offers one-stop, 24-hour, on-site regulatory services. Dube Cargo Terminal, with airside access, is directly linked to both King Shaka International Airport (airside) and Dube TradeZone (landside), via a modern and highly efficient overhead conveyor Air Bridge to Dube TradeHouse.
About Turkish Airlines: Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 296 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 277 destinations worldwide with 229 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen “Europe’s Best Airline” for the fifth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and in 2014 “Best Business Catering Service” awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Business Airline Lounge” prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.
About Star Alliance: The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.