Turkish Airlines marked five years of is Kathmandu-Istanbul connection with a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment at Gokarna Forest Resort last Friday. Nepali Times spoke to Turkish Airlines General Manager for Nepal, Abdullah Tuncer Kececi at the event. Excerpts:
Nepali Times: How do you assess the past five years of your airline connecting Nepal to the world?
Abdullah Tuncer Kececi: With the launch of its first flight to Nepal in 2013, Turkish Airlines has been exposing its unique hospitality and quality service to the market, and promoting Nepal as a tourism destination. With our ever-expanding fleet and by flying to 122 countries, the worldwide network has worked as an advantage for Nepal.
In 2018, we increased our capacity by 12% compared to the previous year. We have resumed daily flights this year, and we plan to make it daily all year round from next year. Since 2013, the trade volume between Turkey and Nepal has increased five fold. In addition, we are focusing on the 2 million tourist target of Visit Nepal 2020 and we are working to be the major contributor to reach this goal.