• Airline organises celebratory event to award travel agents for commendable performance and honour industry partners for continuous support
• Gala dinner attended by industry representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Abu Dhabi Airports Services, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
• Held in presence of His Excellency Şefik Vural Altay, Ambassador of Turkey to the United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, UAE; April 24, 2013: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe's best airline, has recorded an impressive 36 percent increase in passenger traffic from Abu Dhabi in 2012. This year, to meet the increased demand, two new weekly flights have been added from the UAE capital city to Istanbul, bringing the total to six flights per week, as well as the number of existing employees in the airline's Abu Dhabi sales office being tripled.
To mark the strong performance, Turkish Airlines hosted a gala dinner event to honour the highest performing travel agents in Abu Dhabi. The celebratory evening, held at Shangri La Hotel, recognised travel agents for their continual support and contribution to driving passenger traffic, underlining the growth momentum that the world's fastest growing airline reports across the Middle East, particularly in the UAE.
The event, held in the presence of His Excellency, Şefik Vural Altay, Ambassador of Turkey to the UAE, was attended by industry representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Abu Dhabi Airports Services (ADAS) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Turkish Airlines also outlined the growth of incoming passenger traffic to Abu Dhabi from across the globe, which more than doubled in 2012, with a 54% increase underpinning the Emirates' rising position as a tourism and business hub in the Middle East.
Six awards were presented across four travel agent categories. These included: ‘Best in Sales,' ‘Best Sales Increase,' ‘Best Holiday Package Sales' and ‘Best Beyond Sales' with the first category featuring two additional awards for 2nd best and 3rd ‘Best in Sales,' all in Abu Dhabi.
Plaques of appreciation were presented to representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Abu Dhabi Airports Services and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Each was acknowledged for the integral role played in the success of the airline's growth in the region.
Samil Karakas, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted to honour the travel industry for their continual support and contribution to the airline's expansion in Abu Dhabi. Since we commenced operations from the city in 2006, we have recorded consistent growth, highlighting the growing interest in Turkey as a business and tourism destination for Abu Dhabi residents.
“With passenger traffic from Abu Dhabi increasing by 36 percent in 2012, and growing demand for seats at competitive prices to Turkey and beyond destinations, we are confident that with the two additional weekly flights we will sustain this upward growth trend.”
He added: “In addition to outgoing passengers from Abu Dhabi Turkish Airlines witnessed a 54 percent increase in incoming traffic from across the globe, highlighting the growing appeal of Abu Dhabi as a key tourism destination and increased business trade between the countries.”
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of ADAC, said: “ADAC is honored to be joining one of its airline partners, Turkish Airlines, in celebration of their success and growth from their regional hub, Abu Dhabi International Airport. Since the start of operation in 2006, this ambitious airline has provided first class quality services to passengers that reflect the level of customer care Abu Dhabi International Airport is committed to. ADAC looks forward to further supporting the growth of Turkish Airlines and to be part of their legendary success for many years to come.”
Today, Turkish Airlines has largest country network for an airline in the world, with a 223 destination network across 98 countries. Turkish Airlines operates flights to 32 destinations in the Middle East Region.
The airline plans to add further routes and frequencies from both Abu Dhabi and the wider Middle East region. Most recently Houston was announced as a new destination and the global airline signed the largest deal in Turkish Civil Aviation history with Airbus for the purchase of 117 aircraft.
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