NEW YORK -- Despite the spread of commission reductions overseas to
European carriers such as Lufthansa and British Airways, Turkish
Airlines officials here said they will continue to support the
travel agent in the U.S. with uncapped commissions of 10% for
business class bookings and 6% for economy.
"Turkish Airlines recognizes the value the retail agent plays in
our industry," said Diane Meese, Turkish Airlines' marketing
manager for the Americas. "Our hope is that this action will be
acknowledged in the agent sector with increased sales in 2002 and
Full details regarding Turkish Airlines' commission structure
can be found in the GDSs under code TK.
Meanwhile, the carrier, which offers the only nonstop service
from Chicago and New York to Istanbul, announced new service from
five other U.S. cities -- Baltimore; Las Vegas; Pittsburgh;
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and St. Louis -- through its code-share
agreement with American Airlines, bringing its U.S. code-share
destinations to 21.
In addition, new service from Istanbul to Pristina, Kosovo, was
launched in April; the airline now connects 77 destinations on four
continents with 26 cities in Turkey.
On the pricing front, Turkish Airlines' 2002 Visit Turkey
program now offers sale fares for travel within Turkey, while
Destination Plus fares offer "attractive pricing" for other