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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Turkish Airlines as the Newest Carrier at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Post Date:05/17/2016 3:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jewanna Gaither, Press Information Officer
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell


News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Turkish Airlines as the Newest Carrier at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Atlanta will serve as the ninth U.S. gateway for Turkish Airlines offering one-stop connections to U.S. travelers to more than 287 destinations worldwide

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Atlanta will welcome a new international carrier, Turkish Airlines, to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The inaugural non-stop flight from Istanbul arrived in Atlanta on May 16. Following the flight landing, Mayor Reed joined Turkish Airlines Chairman IIker Ayci, Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was emceed by Turkish reporter Leyla Köselerli.

The new route from Atlanta will be the carrier’s second gateway in the southeastern U.S. following the launch of its nonstop service in October 2015 from Miami International Airport.

“We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world,” said Mayor Reed. “The new route will open business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations and further advance Atlanta’s tourism industry.”

With Atlanta being the ninth U.S. gateway for Turkish Airlines, momentum continues for the carrier as it expands its presence in the U.S. providing one-stop connections to 287 destinations and 113 countries through its Istanbul hub.

“Turkish Airlines has become one of the world’s premier airlines, constantly adding to its network and making significant strategic investments that continually enhance its range and product offer,” said Ilker Ayci. “This significant launch reinforces Turkish Airlines as a global leader in aviation with an internationally known brand helping passengers widen their world.”

The Reed Administration played a pivotal role, in conjunction with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in bringing the Istanbul direct flight to Atlanta. Mayor Reed’s Chief of Staff Candace Byrd traveled to Istanbul to meet with Turkish Airlines’ executive team in January 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Turkish Airlines to Atlanta,” said Miguel Southwell, General Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “These daily flights will open up business and leisure opportunities for thousands of new customers from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport, serving more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. The airport boasts a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion in metro Atlanta and a total direct economic impact of $70.9 billion in Georgia.


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