Turkish Airlines vows to keep agent pay

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 future years."

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 cities.

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