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Turkish Airlines newest carrier at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta

Staff writer ▼ | May 19, 2016
Mayor Kasim Reed said that Atlanta will welcome a new international carrier, Turkish Airlines, to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Georgia   The new route will open business and tourism opportunities
The inaugural non-stop flight from Istanbul arrived in Atlanta on May 16 The new route from Atlanta will be the carrier’s second gateway in the southeastern U.S. following the launch of its nonstop service in October 2015 from Miami International Airport.

“We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world,” said Mayor Reed.

“The new route will open business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations and further advance Atlanta’s tourism industry.”

With Atlanta being the ninth U.S. gateway for Turkish Airlines, momentum continues for the carrier as it expands its presence in the U.S. providing one-stop connections to 287 destinations and 113 countries through its Istanbul hub.

“Turkish Airlines has become one of the world’s premier airlines, constantly adding to its network and making significant strategic investments that continually enhance its range and product offer,” said Ilker Ayci.

The Reed Administration played a pivotal role, in conjunction with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in bringing the Istanbul direct flight to Atlanta. Mayor Reed’s Chief of Staff Candace Byrd traveled to Istanbul to meet with Turkish Airlines’ executive team in January 2014.