Thursday, March 21 15:40:33
Turkish Airlines today announced it will increase flights from Dublin to Istanbul from seven to 10 per week, from April 1st.
The airline flies to more destinations than any other airline in the world (220 destinations in 98 countries) and is planning to add another 40 routes in 2013.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Turkish Airlines Ireland, Murat Balandi, said: "We have experienced an increase in demand from Irish people wanting to travel to Turkey - for both business and pleasure. Turkey is a beautiful holiday destination and a significant gateway to the East and beyond. We expect to see a significant increase in Irish travel to Turkey with the announcement of our additional flights and I am delighted that Turkish Airlines is making its mark in Ireland."
To mark the announcement, Turkish Airlines is sponsoring a unique friendly football match at Tallaght Stadium tonight, where top Turkish football club, Trabzonspor, will face Drogheda United. The visit of the Trabzonspor team, along with leading dignitaries from Trabzon, marks the historic link between the two countries that extends back to the Irish Famine when the Turkish Emperor sent aid to Ireland, on ships that arrived into Drogheda.
His Excellency Necip Eguz, Turkish Ambassador to Ireland, who arrived in Ireland earlier this month, is hosting a reception in the new Turskish Embassy in Raglan Road, Dublin, ahead of tonight's football match. The reception will highlight the strong links which Ireland and Turkey share on many fronts - economic, trade, travel and tourism. Next month An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore will lead a Trade Mission to Turkey.