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Turkish Airlines Seeks More Traffic Rights For IndiGo: CEO Bilal Eksi

Both airlines have been codesharing since 2018 and Turkish Airlines wet-leased a wide-body Boeing 777 to IndiGo earlier this year

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Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi said on Tuesday that the airline is open to unilaterally increasing traffic rights for Indian carriers, allowing them to expand the number of flights to Turkey.

Typically, two nations exchange traffic rights on an equal and reciprocal premise. Turkish Airlines, on the other hand, is ready to support a unilateral increase in rights for its strategic partner, IndiGo.

If additional traffic rights are given, IndiGo will be able to carry more traffic to Turkey and then on to Europe, thereby expanding its international operations.

“I believe the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority would have no objection to such a proposal as long as the foreign airline is a strategic partner,” Eksi told CAPA India Summit attendees.

Such a unilateral rise in traffic rights will be unique to Turkey and may be approved by the Indian government as well. The civil aviation ministry and IndiGo could not be reached for comment quickly.

Turkish Airlines and IndiGo have been codesharing since 2018. Turkish Airlines wet-leased a wide-body Boeing 777 to IndiGo earlier this year. A second Turkish aircraft with 531 seats will begin service between India and Istanbul on 1 May, considerably easing traffic congestion.

The load ratio from India to Turkey is 95 per cent. It is 80 per cent and increasing from Turkey to India.

“This collaboration benefits both parties. All operational issues are being addressed, and dedicated teams in both countries are overseeing activities. We are pleased with the performance, and it demonstrates that more capacity between the two countries is required,” Eksi added.

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