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Flights expected to begin June 2010

Turkish Airlines to launch service to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) announced that Turkish Airlines will launch scheduled service from Istanbul to Dar es Salaam, the commercial Capital of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean Coast. The Turkish Airlines flights to Dar es Salaam are expected to begin June 2010 in time for the peak tourism season in Tanzania.

According to Mr. Amant Macha, TTB’s acting Managing Director, “Tanzania applauds this move by Turkish Airlines and it is a good indicator of the passenger demand for tourism and trade between our two countries. We expect that this new service will boost the number of Turkish visitors by about 25,000. We also anticipate that this will be yet another gateway for the American market, who would be interested in combining these two very popular, but different destinations."

Ihsan Baytan, Director, Turkish Airlines in New York, said that flights from New York’s JFK to Dar es Salaam will have good connections through Istanbul. He also added that Turkish Airlines in North America looks forward to working together with the Tanzania Tourist Board to promote packages to Tanzania with optional layovers in Istanbul.