Arbil Route Opens

Turkish Airlines recently started flights between Istanbul and the city of Arbil in northern Iraq.

The inaugural flight on the aircraft Safranbolu took off from Istanbul at 9:30 a.m. and landed in Arbil at 11:30. Present on the flight were Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Energy and Natural Resources Undersecretary Metin Kilci and Turkish Airlines’ Board Chairman Hamdi Topçu as well as a large number of businessmen and members of the press.

Speaking at the ceremony in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, Şimşek said, “The Turkish and Kurdish people have been together for a thousand years. Nobody can break up our brotherhood.” In a talk he gave at the ceremony, Turkish Airlines’ Board Chairman Hamdi Topçu pointed out that Arbil is the airline’s 135th destination abroad and is now linked via Istan

Routes opening in April
Erbil/Arbil
Malaga
Toulouse
Routes slated to open in May
Basra
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Selanik/Thessalonikibul to 1,200 points around the world through the Star Alliance Group.