British Airways Looks to Increase Istanbul Flights

British Airlines is looking to further increase the number of transit flights to and from Istanbul, according to a manager with the firm.

Gavin Halliday, who is the general manager of the firm's Europe and Africa operations said: "Not only has the number of people visiting Turkey increased, the number of transit passengers has reached a great number in recent years", adding that Istanbul has become a very important connecting hub in the region.

Some 18 million transit passengers arrived in Istanbul last year according to data from the Civil Aviation Organisation, making it the biggest transit destination on the Asia-Europe corridor. According to the same report, the total number of passengers arriving in Turkey had reached 47 million by September of this year, up 13.4% compared to the same period of 2010.

Istanbul's two airports are far and away the biggest and fastest growing airports in the country, and this has seen the number of flight routes and route expansions increase greatly in the last 2-5 years, including many new flights in 2008 and 2009 when the international travel industry was on its knees. Despite all these new flights, Brits certainly won't turn down some new coverage by British airways.

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