Turkish airline’s maiden flight from London has landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
The airline joins others like Luftanza to operate scheduled flights from Port Harcourt International Airport to other parts of the world, creating business opportunities.
The Rivers State Government has also expressed willingness to partner with key stakeholders to ensure that more Airlines operate from the state.
The Senior Vice President of the Airlines, Mr Karem Sarp speaking during the occasion in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said that the Port Harcourt route is the 324 destination of the Airline in 124 countries. He informed that it is the 57th destination in Africa.
He said that Turkish Airlines is committed to improving social and economic connections in different parts of the world.
“We are recognised for our unique flight services. We will continue to grow and this is an important destination “, he said.
He said that the Port Harcourt route will link India, United States, China and other important global destinations.
Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Group Captain Usman Sadiq said that the Port Harcourt International Airport deserves more flights. He said FAAN will continue to work towards more flights for the state.
Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Audu Paragalda said the new destination will improve relations between Turkey and Nigeria.
He said: “We are happy that Turkish Airlines is now operating from the Port Harcourt International Airport. This will positively impact the economy of the State.