Firiko From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 151 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3118 times:
Anybody know why Turkish Airlines pulled out of South Africa ? I was told that it was because Nelson Mandella didn't except an award named after "Ataturk" Founder of Modern Turkey. If that is really the case why are they trying to launch flights again. Any ideas ?
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24162 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
THY withdrew following the Southern 2002 summer. The primary reason was more commercial then anything. Air carrier service to South Africa had increased significantly during the previous years dumping lots of seats in the market driving down yields. In addition the worldwide decline in travel following 9/11 further hurt the routes performance.
Overall with a rebound of worldwide travel, and a stabilization of service to South Africa the carrier now feels it can successfully operate the route again. While there is minimal O&D between Turkey and South Africa, THY can leverage it Istanbul hub to provide a wide range of connection opportunities.
As far as the Nelson Mandela and Ataturk award story, it dates back to the early 1990s when Nelson Mandela refused the award on grounds the then ANC leader felt Turkey itself was a form of apartheid state for its treatment of its minorities. Since then however Mr Mandela has apologized and recognized the award itself named after modern Turkeys founder Kemal Ataturk is reflective and tribute to Turkeys continued advancement and modernity, and was meant to show Turkey's respect to Mandela himself and the South African people.
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Robcol99 From Turkey, joined Jun 2004, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2913 times:
As far as I know from the insiders, A340 was basically too big for the route. I think with the arrival of A330s though, the route can now be profitable. With positive economic outlook for both Turkey and South Africa, I also heard that THY is seriously considering getting back there.
I dont knw if they would fly IST-JNB-CPT this time though, the route can end at JNB.