Turkish Airlines (TA) has signed a number of codesharing agreements with other airlines while in attendance at the International Air Transport Association AGM and World Air Transport Summit. 

The summit was in the airline’s home city of Istanbul, was attended by CEOs and representatives from around 300 global airlines and saw discussions take place on the industry’s biggest topics such as sustainability and pandemic recovery. 

Chief marketing officer Ahmet Olmuştur gave a speech at the event where he spoke about the airline’s persistence through recent crises, including the large earthquake in Turkey and Syria earlier this year: “We worked diligently as a team to mitigate the adverse effects of the earthquake. As our motto says, we will succeed together in this process as well.

“From now on, we will continue to make a difference not only in our country but worldwide with our steps towards sustainability and zero waste.” 

Alongside highlighting the company’s work, TA also took the opportunity to sign codesharing agreements with some of its partners, including Icelandair and Vietnam Airlines

The Icelandair agreement will see the airline’s passengers from North America and Iceland going eastbound be able to connect through TA’s network to Istanbul, whilst TA passengers will have the opportunity to connect through Icelandair’s network to Iceland and Canada. 

Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason said: “With the new agreement, the two airlines’ networks will be better connected, greatly increasing possible flight connections for our customers.” 

Similarly, the agreement between TA and Vietnam Airlines will see TA customers able to continue from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, whilst Vietnam Airlines customers will be able to go to those cities from Istanbul. 

Vietnam Airlines CEO Mr Le Hong Ha said: “The codeshare agreement between the two airlines will bring more options and attractive benefits to passengers, as well as contribute greatly to route network expansion and service diversification of Vietnam Airlines and Turkish Airlines.”