IATA AGM 2013: Turkish Airlines plans to launch Bogota, Caracas, Havana and Mexico City in 2014
Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil told (03-Jun-2013) CAPA on the sidelines of the IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town that the carrier aims to expand its Latin American network from two to six destinations in 2014. Mr Kotil says Turkish plans to serve Bogota in Colombia via Caracas in Venezuela and Mexico City via Havana in Cuba. The tags are necessary due to restrictions in Bogota and Mexico City, where the high altitude makes nonstop flights to Istanbul impractical. Mr Kotil says both new routes will initially be served with four weekly frequencies and are expected to be launched in Jun-2014 or Jul-2014. Turkish Airlines aims to leverage its strong network at Istanbul to offer connections from Latin America to the Middle East, Africa and Asia – a growing market which is under-served. Turkish currently operates one route to Latin America: Istanbul-Sao Paulo-Buenos Aires.