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Turkish Airways says keen to expand MidEast routes

Carrier adds two new weekly flights to Abu Dhabi amid 36% rise in passenger traffic on route

Turkish Airways says keen to expand MidEast routes

Turkish Airlines, which recorded a 36 percent increase in passenger traffic from Abu Dhabi in 2012, is planning further expansion on routes to the Middle East.

The carrier said it was adding two new weekly flights from the UAE capital to Istanbul to meet the increased demand.

In a statement, the airline said it now operates a total of six flights per week on the route, as well as tripling the number of employees in its Abu Dhabi sales office.

Airline officials said in a statement that the carrier plans to add further routes and frequencies from both Abu Dhabi and the wider Middle East region.

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.

Samil Karakas, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Abu Dhabi, said: "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."

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