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 Simsek,
Energy and Natural Resources Undersecretary Metin Kilic and Turkish Airlines’
Board Chairman Hamdi Topcu as well as a large number of businessmen and members
of the press. Speaking at the ceremony in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil,
Simsek 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 Topcu pointed out that Arbil is the airline’s 135th destination
abroad and is now linked via Istanbul to 1,200 points around the world through
the Star Alliance Group.