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The fast-growing Turkish Airlines company (THY) plan to fly to Salzburg from the coming summer. The current strong economy in Turkey means that more holidaymakers could travel to Salzburg, not only in the other direction.
This new Salzburg connection is attractive for residents of western Austria and Bavaria. These people would be able to use the cheap and modern network of Turkish Airlines (with 150 connections) from Istanbul to travel across the whole world.
Turkish Airlines is fifth largest airline worldwide in terms of destinations and the third largest in Europe based on passenger numbers, said the manager to ORF last December.
"We are considering Graz, but we want to start with a daily service from Istanbul to Salzburg from this summer. Anything other than daily would make no sense for us", said Managing Director Temel Kotil to the "Standard".
The airline wants to stop expanding when it reaches a total of 300 destinations, which could be the case in five to ten years.
In terms of growth, the planned third airport in Istanbul should contribute immensely with capacity for 150 million passengers. That would be the largest in Europe, and would be one of the biggest in the world behind Atlanta and Beijing.
Regarding cooperation with Lufthansa (the parent company of Austrian Airlines), Kotil said that anything is possible and that the goal is simply to gain more passengers.
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