22.06.2015 18:30
Group picture of ribbon cutting ceremony.

Photo: Wolf/Graz Airport. Cutting the red ribbon (l to r) Ziya Taşkent, Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales Turkish Airlines; Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport; Provincial Government Member Dr. Christian Buchmann; Ahmet Olmuştur CMO Turkish Airlines; City Councilor Univ-Doz DI Dr Gerhard Rüsch; Consul General Taggar Kağan Atay; Fatih Cigal; Vice President Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines now flies from Graz Airport

Grand opening of the flight connection between Graz and Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.

Feldkirchen/Graz, 22/06/2015: As of today, Turkish Airlines connects Graz Airport with the hub of Istanbul, with four direct flights every week. The Turkish national carrier thus currently opens up 275 destinations in 110 countries.


Grand opening

The first plane arrived from Istanbul, bringing with it high-level representatives from Turkish Airlines and journalists from Istanbul, who were warmly welcomed to Graz Airport by Provincial Government Member Dr Christian Buchmann, representing Provincial Governor Hermann Schützenhofer, City Councillor Univ-Doz. DI Dr Rüsch, representing Mayor Mag. Siegfried Nagl and Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport.

The majority of the representatives in the Turkish delegation took off again around two hours later, heading back to Istanbul, but the reporters stayed in Styria for three days, getting to know the people and the area with the help of Graz Tourist Office.


Great potential for Styria

These new direct flights hold great potential for the Styrian economy as well as for Styrian industry and tourism:

Provincial Government Member Dr Christian Buchmann says “The new direct connection between Graz and the metropolis of Istanbul, gateway to the orient, is an important milestone in the positive development of Styria as a centre for tourism and business. It will make it easier for export companies to access new markets, thus both securing present jobs and creating new ones.
The catchment area of Graz Airport extends well beyond the borders of Styria and the international hub of Istanbul means that it is now even better connected with the world. For travel lovers living in the area, holiday destinations in Turkey and all over the world just got much closer. And year-round accessibility will make Styria even more attractive for in-coming tourists.
I am very pleased to see the first landing of a Turkish Airlines plane in Graz today, as this marks the beginning of fruitful economic, touristic and cultural relationships.”

“With this new direct connection to the hub of Istanbul, Graz Airport has succeeded in taking an important step towards the internationalisation of Graz. Graz is now better connected to the world, something from which the local economy and tourism will profit,” says Councillor for the Department for Economic and Tourism Development Gerhard Rüsch.

“We would like to welcome Turkish Airlines to Graz Airport!” says Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport. “This is a special day for both Graz Airport and for me personally. The gateway to the world has yet again increased a great deal in size for the whole of the airport’s catchment area, which extends beyond Styria, all the way to Carinthia, Hungary and Slovenia.”

Turkish-Flugzeug rollt durch Wasserbögen.
Photo: Wolf/Graz Airport. Welcoming the first plane.