Speech by Consul General Serdar Belentepe at the celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Regular Turkish Airlines Flights from İstanbul to Alexandria
(17th December 2015, Thursday, Hilton Corniche Hotel, Alexandria)
Mr. Ahmet Al Wakil, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce
Dear colleagues of the Consular Missions,
Dear representatives of the Egyptian travel agencies,
It is a great pleasure for me to attend this very joyous event on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of regular Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to Alexandria. I am very glad to have this opportunity to adress at such a distinguished gathering.
At the outset, I would like to thank Mr. Adem Ceylan, the Vice President of Turkish Airlines for Marketing&Sales, and his delegation for being with us tonight.
I also thank Mr. Burak Yıldız, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Alexandria and all his committed personnel for organizing this very marvelous night. I closely witness their dedicated efforts and achievements for promoting Turkish Airlines in Alexandria.
I am very delighted to underline that Turkish Airlines has been chosen for the last 5 years the "Best Airline in Europe", and provides the highest number of connections to the world by flying to 282 destinations in 113 countries.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As many of you know, at present Turkish Airlines operates in the Istanbul-Alexandria route, 7 days per week. The first flight of Turkish Airlines has touched down Alexandria International Airport 5 years ago on the 19th of June in 2010.
With Alexandria-Istanbul connection, the two cities became closer. Turkish Airlines’ flights have a positive impact in our business, tourism and education relations with Egypt. This connection brings more economic activity, commerce and investment to Alexandria not only from Turkey, but also from other parts of the world.
Today, more than 500 Turkish citizens live in Alexandria and in my consular district. Thousands of Egyptians visit Turkey annually. Existence of this strong human bond further strengthens our ties and serves as a cultural and social bridge between our nations. Thanks to the direct flights of Turkish Airlines from Alexandria to Turkey which facilitate improving further economic, cultural relations and people to people contacts with our Egyptian brothers and sisters. I am very happy to witness this close relationship between our people. You are always welcome to visit Turkey in order to explore many different opportunities.
Before concluding my words, once again I congratulate Turkish Airlines family for the 5th anniversary of their regular flights from Istanbul to Alexandria. As a matter of fact, I personally feel attached to this family. More than 20 years ago, when I was a young university student I was also working for Turkish Airlines to earn my own pocket money.
To many more achievements ! Hope to see you all on a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul !
Thank you for your attention.
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