Erbil, Kurdistan – Iraq (KRG.org) – Several Kurdistan Regional Government ministers joined Turkey’s Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek and other officials at a ceremony to celebrate Turkish Airlines’ first flight into Erbil International Airport today.
Turkish Airlines’ first flight from Istanbul to the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil arrived at 11.40 this morning, carrying more than 40 businessmen who were the first to benefit from this historic step in the region’s strengthening ties with the Republic of Turkey. Turkey’s Finance Minister was accompanied by the Energy and Natural resources Taner Yildiz, the CEO of Turkish Airlines Hamdi Topçu and their respective delegations.
The Governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi said, “The arrival of this flight and the coming of Minister Şimşek and his delegation indicates the strong relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the Republic of Turkey.”
The carrier’s CEO, Hamdi Topçu, said, “This is the 135th destination for Turkish Airlines.” He announced that they will provide two weekly flights between Erbil and Istanbul until mid-May, when the service will increase to five flights per week. He said that the airline would move to daily flights in the near future.
The KRG Minister for Transport and Communications Anwar Jabali Sabo said that these flights greatly facilitate investment in the Region. On behalf of the KRG, he thanked Turkish Airlines for its initiative and extended the KRG’s support to make their work successful.