Turkish Airlines is now to connect Accra, Ghana through Lagos during the summer season as part of its expansion policy in Africa.
The Managing Director of Turkish Airlines, Nigeria, Mr Orhan Guven, who is overseeing the expansion in West and Central Africa, said the new operation would start in June.
This brings to two the number of airlines connecting Accra via Lagos, as Lufthansa Airlines had long connected both cities with its hub in Frankfurt, Germany.
Guyen said:Â â€˜We are glad to announce the beginning of operations to Accra, Ghana in June so as to allow more of our teeming passengers to West Africa fly with us.
â€œThe flight will commence from Istanbul, Turkey, carrying passengers for Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana, with passengers for Lagos dropped first, while the flight continues to Accra and back to Lagos for the return journey to Istanbul.â€
He said the airline was deploying a bigger plane, Airbus A340 for the operation to enable it accommodate more passengers and baggage.
Mr Orhan explained that there would be no alteration to the timing, as everything had been taken into consideration to ensure that passengers arrive Istanbul for on time connection to their final destinations.
He noted that Turkish Airlines currently operates to Dakar, Senegal; Entebbe, Uganda and Dar Es Salam, Kenya and Central Africa region.â€™
Turkish Airlines recently announced its decision to add 35 Boeing 737NG airplanes to its fleet, 20 jets certain and 10 jets optional.
Being the fastest growing carrier of the world, Turkish Airlines became one of the biggest airline companies in the aviation industry. New aircraft are announced to be joined to our fleet.
The most rapidly expanding airline company, Turkish Airlines is continuing to increase its share in the global aviation market and the airlineâ€™s Board of Directors as announced before 105 airplanes,
30 jets optional, will be joined to the fleet.
According to the decision of the Board Directors, 35 airplanes of Boeing 737, 20 jets definite, 15 jets optional will be delivered. The airplanes, Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 ER, will take place in our fleet and the â€œSky Interiorâ€ inside the cabins.
With this decision the jets in the fleet of Turkish Airlines which will be delivered, increase to total number of 86, 64 jets definite, 25 jets optional.
By the end of 2015, the number of single aisle jets in the fleet of Turkish Airlines will increase to 155 and the number of twin aisle aircraft will rise to 36 with the deal of these new jets. The total number of aircraft in the fleet of Turkish Airlines will reach to total of 196 aircraft, 5 of them cargo airplane.