Pakistani citizens’ visits to Turkey have been gradually increasing over the years. To attract more tourists, Pakistan branch of Turkish Airlines is planning to introduce a unique Umrah package.
Turkish Airlines Agency Awards Ceremony 2017 was held at a local hotel in Karachi. Turkish Consul General Tolag Ucak, Turkish Airlines General Manager Pakistan, Fatih Atacan Temel, and leaders of the travel industry addressed the gathering.
Tolag Ucak told that the number of Pakistanis visiting Turkey is increasing with every passing day. In the year 2000, less than 8000 Pakistanis visited Turkey but in 2017 this number grew manifold and more than 77000 Pakistani visited Turkey. He added,
Corporate sector tourism is the main key to bringing more and more Pakistanis to Turkey. To facilitate Pakistani visitors, Turkey has introduced an electronic visa application system. We are trying to increase Turkish visitors to Pakistan as well.
The Consul General said that Turkish Airlines started in 1933 with only 5 aircraft. Now the airline has more than 228 aircraft, flying to 320 destinations across 120 countries.
Fatih Atacan Temel, in his speech, told that Turkish Airlines is planning to offer a unique Umrah Plus package to Pakistanis. This Umrah Package will be unique and is not comparable with current Umrah packages.
For this package, the passenger will fly to Jeddah via Istanbul. He also shared revenue and sales numbers of Turkish Airlines in 2017,
During 2017, Turkish Airlines’ passengers from Pakistan grew 5 percent and revenue grew 32 percent. Corporate Sales growth reported a 352 percent increase.
Last year was very good for overall operations of the airline. Passenger traffic was 68 million, up by 9.3 percent compared to 2016.
New Istanbul Airport
At the event, Fatih Atacan Temel announced that a new airport based in Istanbul will be inaugurated in October this year. This is the biggest infrastructure project in Turkey yet. This airport has 6 runways.
It has the capacity to handle 19 million passengers. The terminal has a huge dining and shopping area and is built in consideration of passenger comfort. With the new terminal, Istanbul will become a new aviation hub between Europe and Asia.
A documentary of new airport terminal was also shown, with the title “The Meeting Point of the World.”