A new code-sharing agreement between Turkish Airlines and Belavia-Belarusian Airlines began on May 1, Turkey’s national flag carrier has announced.
“Through this codeshare partnership, Turkish Airlines and Belavia will reciprocally add their flight codes on the Istanbul-Minsk, vice versa, flights operated by both parties,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement.
After Istanbul-Minsk, other routes may be assessed for a second phase of the pact, it added.
The company said the joint flights would offer fast and convenient connections for passengers leaving Istanbul—Turkey’s financial capital, and a key transfer point in the region—to Minsk, Belarus’ capital.
“Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of the timetables of both carriers and agreement working reciprocally, those flights will allow both airlines’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs,” it added.
“As Turkish Airlines, we are glad to be a codeshare partner with Belavia,” Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines’ CEO, said in the statement.
“We believe this agreement will improve our relations with Belarus’ flag carrier, while enhancing our commercial cooperation to the next level,” he added.
Minsk-Istanbul is “one of the most important routes in the growing network of Belavia-Belarusian Airlines, and we believe that this cooperation with Turkish Airlines will lead to further enhancing both business and leisure flows not only between Turkey and Belarus, but beyond Istanbul and Minsk,” said Anatoly Gusarov, Belavia’s CEO.