The MoU between Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines is expected to eventually result in numerous business and tourism benefits for Namibia, an optimistic Honorary Consul for Namibia in Turkey, Hatem Yavuz, has been quoted as saying. “If Air Namibia can cater for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) then the alliance with Turkish Airlines has the potential to turn Windhoek into a transit hub for the region,” Yavuz explained to New Era from Istanbul, Turkey, saying the agreement is a great marketing opportunity for Namibia to attract visitors from Turkey, eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Turkish Airlines operates from two Istanbul airports and a new airport will be ready in 2017 is under construction.
According to a statement by Air Namibia the just signed agreement would culminate in a number of specific agreements covering different specific and envisaged areas of cooperation. This milestone is in line with the two airlines’ strategies of promoting “airline to airline” cooperation with the view to strengthening the respective airlines. The envisaged cooperation with Turkish Airlines goes beyond cooperation on commercial aspects as it includes operational and technical, training and service level improvements.