Advancing with sure steps towards becoming a global brand company in aviation, Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY), has done “the longest flight” from Istanbul to Mexico City with a time of 15 hours and 15 minutes. THY launched flights to Mexico City and Cancun, the 18th and 19th flight destinations in the Americas, will be performed 3 days a week on the Istanbul-Mexico City-Cancun-Istanbul route.
Istanbul-Mexico City flight launched by Turkish Airlines last week scheduled, 1-hour waiting time on land after terminating with the American tourism center Cancun with a 2-hour flight. Speaking at a press conference at Mexico City International Airport due to the opening of the Mexico City and Cancun lines, THY Board of Directors and Executive Committee Chairman İlker Aycı said: ” After Bali, we are happy to connect these two important cities of the Americas to 125 countries of the world. As of today, our guests who will travel to Mexico City and Cancun will be able to perform their flights with the comfort of Turkish Airlines. We believe that our new flights will further strengthen the relations between Turkey and New Mexico in all areas.” THY Chairman Ilker Ayci, who was among those who participated in the longest flight of THY, spoke about the company’s goals, new era expectations and competition in the market during a conversation with a group of journalists on the plane. Stating that South America is a difficult market, but has been on the radar for a long time, Aycı said “Our goal is to transport 100,000 passengers per year and 1800 per week. Not only Mexico City and Cancun, but we can also add Cabo San Lucas to our destinations based on developments. It would be a good start in Mexico right now, starting three times a week. If we see the growth potential of the market, we can increase it to 4-5 frequencies.”
The new flights started by THY, are expected to be a good contribution to the economic relations between Mexico and Turkey.
Mexico’s Turkey Ambassador Bernardo Cordova, stating that Mexico and Turkey are world’s biggest 15th and 17th biggest economies, explained that both countries have a young population and a modern and developing structure. Cordova, considering the bilateral relations said trade between two countries should be at an advanced level. Pointing that 2019 could be a year of opportunities, Cordova said they are working on to realize a second meeting this year of High Level Biennial Commission – which is established in 2013- to discuss political, commecial, economical and legal subjects. Ambassador Cordova, shared an information that a delegation from Turkey Export Assembly (TIM) visited Mexico some time ago. Cordova said that both governments would like to see if it is possible to continue negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which has completed the 7th round, and said negotiations on this issue are under way.
Cordova underlined that the opening of the Office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Mexico is a good step for the development of bilateral relations and said that:” We also have the Mexican Agency for Cooperation and Development (AMEXCID). TİKA and AMEXCID have the opportunity to cooperate in development projects especially for third countries. Central America and the Caribbean can be the areas that Mexico and Turkey combining their strength to design programs that encourage development in this area.”
Reminding that Turkish Airlines (THY) Cargo launched flights to Mexico in October last year, Cordova said, THY’s direct flights in August, will affect positively tourism and trade much faster.