Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1125 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1655 times:
I think KL especially can easily sustain a daily 737 flight to ESB or ADB if they want to. With LH being the biggest foreign airline out of Turkey, I see the AF/KL group challenging them on Turkey, which is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. This way skyteam will have a foothold at an airport other then IST.
Ankaraflyjet From Turkey, joined Mar 2007, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
In fact KLM served Ankara from April 1954 until November 1991 at which time the flights were ceased due to Gulf Crisis. At that time the flight was operating by KLM A310 in two class configuration AMS-ESB-ADB-AMS twice weekly.
It may be interesting but KLM had the biggest market share in Ankara between 1954 until 1970 when LH started serving Ankara daily.
AF has a longer history as the flights started in mid40ies as a stopover for Paris Teheran flights but kept a on and off pattern over the years. The last time it started was in 1987 with thrice weekly AF B727 from CDG to Ankara, after 3 years turning in to 5 times weekly B737 or A320 from CDG non-stop that run until 1996. It has been stopped eversince due to high load factor.
In fact both Ankara and Izmir deserve daily flights from AMS and CDG by AF/KLM.
Delta can code share the AF flights to CDG as Ankara, a long time PAN AM destination, is also not served by DL ever since DL took over PA.