Turkish Airlines offers irresistible Ramadan fares for passengers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar

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Turkish Airlines offers irresistible Ramadan fares for passengers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar

· A special presentation of cultural events for visitors to Turkey during the Holy Month

· Ramadan in Istanbul campaign builds on the strong growth in visitor traffic from the Gulf countries

Jeddah/Doha/Kuwait ; July 14, 2013: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline*, has announced an irresisibtle two-way airfare for passengers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar to Istanbul during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

For only KD59, inclusive of tax and service charge, to fares slightly more than SAR1000/QR1000, visitors from the three countries can experience the magical charm offered by Istanbul with a wide range of cultural activities, which are being held in Istanbul during Ramadan, especially for the Gulf visitors.

The new rates are valid only for ticketing from until July 20 and travel until July 31, 2013, and for a minimum stay of two days in Istanbul. While passengers from Kuwait City can avail of the KD59 offer, rates from Doha to Istanbul are QR1,090 per passenger. The ticket rates from Saudi Arabia are: SAR758 (from and to Jeddah); SAR1059 (Riyadh); SAR1124 (Dammam); SAR629 (Taif); SAR813 (Madina); SAR1059 (Al Qassim); and SAR629 (Yanbu).

Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, Faruk Çizmecioğlu said: “We recorded impressive growth figures in visitor traffic from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Doha, as well as other Gulf countries to Istanbul during the Holy Month of Ramadan last year. The unique location of the city, its cultural and historical appeal and the world-class network of Turkish Airlines makes the city a preferred choice for Gulf residents.

“This year too we are offering specially planned activities, for non-fasting and fasting visitors in our campaign. ‘Ramadan in Istanbul’ campaign underlines our commitment to our passengers in the region, who can now experience Ramadan in Turkey during this season too.”

‘Ramadan in Istanbul,’ a popular travel promotion, comprises all the myriad facets of the city, which makes it a must-visit destination for people in the Middle East region. In addition to the historical places and heritage sites, the city also has a captivating natural beauty and an abundance of shopping opportunities – especially for gifts to be distributed during Ramadan.

Last year, Turkish Airlines recorded an increase in visitor numbers from Saudi Arabia by 33 per cent and from Kuwait by 144 per cent, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, a trend that is set to continue this year. Overall, the airline recorded a growth in passenger traffic of 67 per cent in Kuwait during 2012 compared to 2011, and flies around 35 flights a week over the peak summer season. In Saudi Arabia, having recently launched direct flights from Al Qassim to Istanbul, Turkish Airlines recorded a robust growth of 66 per cent in passenger traffic in the first five months of this year, compared to the same period in 2011.

Visitors to Turkey during Ramadan also have the opportunity to attend a special event organised by the Religious Affairs of Turkey. Those who are fasting can join with family and friends for Iftar by feasting on Turkish cuisine and explore the peaceful ambience of Old Istanbul. The airline is also hosting experts in Holy Quran recitation for a special event in Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines connects passengers to 235 destinations in over 100 countries. For further information and to view flight schedules and other details, please visit www.turkishairlines.com

- ILQ News -