leftyboarder From Turkey, joined Apr 2008, 688 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2654 times:
TK is definitely trying to beat the likes of EK and EY by expanding into secondary markets all over the region (I leave QR out as they have the narrowbodies to match TK eventually). They grew astronomically in Spain, Italy, Iraq, Iran, the Balkans, the Ukraine and Russia in the past few years. I think their only major gaps in short haul are secondary ports in the UK, Poland and France (where they have also added TLS recently).
directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1626 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
Quoting lightsaber (Reply 2): IMHO a wise strategy. Hubs are going to thrive on the connections where there is demand, but not enough demand to hub-bypass.
Exactly. And that's exactly where TK may succeed (long-term) as opposed to EK/EY. EK/EY thrive on connections to India/China, which will over the years have more nonstops to Europe, Africa, North America etc. TK however is relying on markets like Baku, Sofia and Aleppo which are far too small to ever (realistically) sustain nonstop service to North America, for example. The time may come, however, for a citypair like BLR-ORD to have viable nonstop service.
Unlikely. SSH is a primarily leisure-driven holiday market that is the domain of cheap pre-sold-by-the-bulk charter-type airlines. However, growth in Egypt has been exponential in recent years. TK/MS now have 4 daily flights between them on CAI-IST when perhaps both sides didn't fly that route daily a few years ago. I think TK might add LXR soon though. Turkish investors have been increasing their presence in Egypt twofold and eventually the number of economic interests all over Egypt will warrant more flights. Just a few days ago Erdogan visit Cairo with no less than 200 hundred Turkish businessmen in tow.