ATL to officially welcome Turkish Airlines

Filed in Events, News by on May 13, 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Monday will deliver a water-cannon salute and red-carpet welcome to Turkish Airlines, the latest passenger carrier to launch operations at the world’s most traveled airport.

The inaugural Turkish Airlines flight, a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, is expected to touch down at ATL just after 5 p.m., ushering in new daily, nonstop service between Atlanta and Istanbul.

“We are thrilled to welcome Turkish Airlines to Atlanta,” Aviation General Manager Miguel Southwell said. “These daily flights will open up business and leisure opportunities for thousands of new customers from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Southwell will greet and congratulate the delegation, which will include Turkish Airlines Chairman İlker Ayci as well as a host of other dignitaries.

The event will include soft jazz music and nonalcoholic cocktails, and it will be capped by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

Atlanta will join eight other U.S. cities served by Turkish Airlines. The others are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Washington, D.C., Boston and San Francisco.

Hartsfield-Jackson landed Turkish Airlines as part of its Air Service Incentive Program (ASIP). The program waives parking and landing fees and provides marketing benefits to airlines that start cargo and passenger service to new international destinations.

Turkish Airlines currently offers service to 113 countries, with flights to 284 destinations.

Beginning Monday, Turkish Airlines will provide daily, nonstop service between Atlanta and Istanbul. Photo courtesy of Turkish Airlines

Beginning Monday, Turkish Airlines will provide daily, nonstop service between Atlanta and Istanbul. Photo courtesy of Turkish Airlines

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