LAHORE - Turkish Airlines first flight landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIAP) Lahore from Istanbul carrying 125 passengers on Thursday, said spokesman of Punjab government.

Provincial Minister for Education & Tourism Punjab Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan warmly received the passengers reaching Lahore. The passengers included a 6-member delegation of Turk aviation experts led by the General Manager Turkish Airlines Alp Yavuzeser. Pakistan’s Ambassador in Ankara Shaukat Haroon and his wife also accompanied the delegation.

With this operation, Lahore becomes the 3rd destination to be served in Pakistan by Turkish Airlines. Round trip flights between Istanbul and Lahore will operate 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Istanbul and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Lahore. The passengers of the inaugural flight of Turkish Airlines, crew members and the delegation of Turk Aviation experts were accorded red carpet reception at Lahore Airport. Besides Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, the Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Turk Ambassador to Islamabad Babur Girgin, President Turk Culture Forum Chaudhary Anees Iqbal, Lahore Airport Manager Syed Aamir Mehmood, Omar Abid Mirza and Turkish Airlines Incharge in Pakistan Ms. Zahra Tulin Akbulut were also present on the occasion.

Provincial Minister for Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan conveyed a goodwill message to the brethren coming from the Republic of Turkey on behalf of the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

He said this operation by one of the fastest growing airline companies having the honour of receiving several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax will help facilitate man to man ties between the people of Turkey and Pakistan. He congratulated the General Manager of Turkish Airlines for achieving “Best Airline in Europe” for the third year running and wished all out success to the Turkish brethren in future.