On the eve of launching the daily services from Delhi and Mumbai to Istanbul, Dr Kotil had said that there had been no reduction in the carrierÃ¢â‚¬™s growth plans. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If we stop growing, we are dead. Every year if we grow about 25 per cent in revenue and 15 per cent in passengers, we will be alive,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said, adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“we know what we are doing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Th at the management of the carrier has been doing the right things is becoming apparent if the passenger figures are any criteria. It is not that cargo has lagged behind. In the first two months of this year, cargo-mail increased 3.4 per cent to 28,839 tonnes.
It is no wonder that Atilla Lise, Senior Vice-President, Turkish Airlines Cargo, bubbled with enthusiasm when talking about the Indian market. Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised to honour TurkishÃ¢â‚¬™s top air cargo agents in India, Lise gave the impression that his management had understood that India possessed the potential to become a top-grosser in the years to come; hence, the need to develop the market.