Turkish Airlines Profits in Africa Where Others Fear to Fly

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    Turkish Airlines profits in Africa, where others fear to fly
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    NAIROBI (Reuters) - When Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) opened a direct daily route to a war-ravaged African failed state plagued by Islamist militants, industry insiders were skeptical.

    Not anymore.

    “Somalia is one of our most profitable destinations worldwide,” Mustafa Ozkahraman, Kenya country manager for Turkish Airlines, told Reuters in an interview. “Because we are the only (international airline). The first and the only one.”

    The Istanbul-based carrier is replicating the move across Africa, expanding to destinations shunned by others. The move comes as political unrest at home last year pushed the airline into the red for the first time in 17 years.

    In 2011, Turkish Airlines flew to 14 African cities. By the end of this year, it will operate 52 routes from Istanbul across Africa, after launching a route to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

    From January to June, just under a tenth of total passenger and cargo revenues came from Africa, according to results for the first half of 2017 that showed a net loss of $434 million.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...africa-where-others-fear-to-fly-idUSKCN1BN1CZ
     
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