Philippine Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines that will enable both flag carriers to tap into new markets.
Under the deal, PAL will be selling on Turkish Airlines’ thrice weekly flights between Istanbul and Manila while Turkish Airlines will be selling on PAL’s domestic flights to Cebu and Davao.
Both airlines will offer flights across the Istanbul-Manila-Cebu/Davao route. They said they intended to expand the codeshare agreement once flight entitlements between the Philippines and Turkey were increased.
“We’re delighted to partner with one of the world’s leading carriers – Turkish Airlines. This partnership, which provides our passengers an expanded menu of travel options, will further drive demand for tourist and business travel between the Philippines and Turkey,” Jaime J. Bautista, PAL president and chief operating officer said.
The planned expanded codeshare will allow passengers to benefit from better connectivity and increased travel flexibility between both countries.
The Philippines and Turkey earlier signed a memorandum of understanding on air services, expanding the allowable number of flights per week between Manila and Istanbul, from the current three flights a week to seven. The parties also agreed to allow 14 flights a week between Turkey and all other international airports in the Philippines, except Manila.