Turkish Airlines now flies to Cebu, Manila via Istanbul

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TURKISH Airlines has landed in Cebu.

Its arrival on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 6:52 a.m. at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was its first reciprocal flight to Cebu.

Turkish Airlines introduced its thrice weekly Istanbul-Manila-Cebu flights, connecting Cebu to more than 320 destinations in over 120 countries around the world as part of its global expansion plans.

According to GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) president Louie Ferrer, it has been a long time since Cebu welcomed another long-haul flight because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said Turkish Airlines’ entry is MCIA’s first direct connection to Europe that will strengthen Cebu’s Middle Eastern connection even more.

“With this flight, we can help open more opportunities for the region, and enable it to accelerate recovery plans from Typhoon Odette and Covid-19,” he said.

Turkish Airlines utilizes an Airbus A350-900 for the thrice weekly service.

“Despite the recent turn of events in Cebu, the launch of Turkish Airlines brings us hope as we look forward to the future and fast-track our recovery efforts. We know that the addition of the Istanbul route will open opportunities not just for Cebu, but for the entire country as well,” said MCIAA general manager and chief executive officer Julius G. Neri Jr. (with PR)

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