Middle East Airlines and Turkish Airlines signed a codeshare agreement that will be effective as of May 15, covering routes between Turkey and Lebanon.
The signing ceremony took place at MEA Head Quarters in Beirut.
Middle East Airlines Chairman and Director General, Mohamad A. El-Hout and Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi signed the agreement in the presence of senior officials from both sides.
This new codeshare agreement will broaden the commercial partnership between the two airlines and their respective countries. At the same time, passengers of both airlines will be given more travel options between Lebanon and Turkey.
Under the terms of the agreement, Middle East Airlines and Turkish Airlines will place their codes on each other’s flights between Istanbul and Beirut.
Turkish Airlines will operate three daily flights between Istanbul and Beirut, while Middle East Airlines will be operating twice a day on the route.
MEA Chairman, Mohamad A. El-Hout expressed the importance of this agreement, as being a step in stimulating the economic cooperation between Lebanon and Turkey, and will enable both airlines to further accommodate the needs of their passengers.
It is worth highlighting that this agreement is signed between two members of two different airline alliances, which proves their ability to expand their networks to the cities not served by their own aircraft.
Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bilal Ekşi said:
“We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Middle East Airlines and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through our flight networks. Moreover, we believe that this partnership with Middle East Airlines will not only maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through the networks of both airlines but also bring enormous benefit from a commercial perspective.”
Mr. Ekşi also stressed that travelers of both airlines will experience a streamlined level of services covered by the agreement onboard two modern fleets of aircraft and he expressed his hope that this step will be the first on the way to further enhancing relations between two airlines in the future.