ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines signed a codeshare agreement in Istanbul on Oct. 29, the Turkey’s national flag carrier said in a statement.
Hong Kong Airlines will add popular destinations in Europe—including Istanbul, Paris, London and Barcelona—to its international network, while Turkish Airlines will extend its reach to other major destinations beyond Hong Kong, such as Auckland, Bangkok and Osaka.
“The opening of the Istanbul New Airport will further contribute and create new opportunities to promote cultural and commercial relations between Istanbul and Hong Kong,” said Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi, praising Istanbul’s geographical location, a bridge between Asia and Europe.
Wang Liya, the president of Hong Kong Airlines, said the agreement opened up new and “exciting” destinations for their customers.
“As one of the important gateways to Europe in the region, Hong Kong Airlines customers will benefit and enjoy greater convenience when connecting to popular European cities from Istanbul,” Wang said.
Turkish Airlines currently offers six flights per week between Hong Kong and Istanbul.