Turkish Airlines speaks to Pulse Ghana to seek to reassure all passengers, especially those travelling from Ghana, that the country is safe and ready to welcome visitors, after the failed coup.
Hours after the coup started, ordinary people took to the streets to stop the military from carrying out its plans. Many of the alleged coup plotters have since then been arrested and the government has tried to restore ordinary life back to the pre-coup days.
As such, Turkish Airlines has sought to reassure all passengers, especially those travelling from Ghana, that the country is safe and ready to welcome visitors.
“The situation in Turkey is safe now. The violence of that night was under control within some hours and in the early morning (the next day) all the members of the military involved in the coup were arrested," Said Samil Karakas, the vice president of sales for Turkish Airlines (Sub-Saharan Africa) told Pulse News.
“The government worked really hard to bring back normalcy and it is 100 percent safe for Ghanaian travellers to fly to Turkey or through Turkey to other destinations.”
Turkey has in the last decade and a half embarked on measures aimed at strengthening relations with African countries. It currently has strong bilateral relations with Ghana and earlier this year, President Erdogan visited Ghana to cut sod for the construction of a new terminal at the Kotoka International Airport.
In 2006, the airline has just four destinations in Africa but ten years down the line, there are 48 destinations including operations in Accra since 2010. This number is set to increase to 50 by the end of the year.
Karakas believes that flights between Ghana and Turkey will increase the volume of international trade between the two countries.
“We are happy that we have the ability to expand in Africa and we will continue to do so. A couple of months ago, the Turkish president was in Ghana and he came with a large business delegation.
Once you have a link between the two countries through direct flights between Istanbul and Accra, the business will come automatically with business men travelling easily between the two countries.”
Currently, thousands of Ghanaians visit Turkey annually for tourism, business and study purposes.