Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil emphasized the third airport in Istanbul is of the utmost importance and said, "When it is completed, Turkish Airlines and other companies will operate more comfortably. More importantly, big Asian transporter companies which cannot fly to Istanbul will use the hub to connect to Europe and Asia. There are no available landing slots in Istanbul at present due to the overcrowding of the airports present. Once the third airport is in operation airways in Japan, including JAL, ANA and Air China will prefer Istanbul."
On objections by Germany about potential route changes, Kotil said, "This is trade. Everyone can do whatever they wish. But I know that a high-quality airline company such as Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, wanted to fly to Istanbul. Their request was rejected as there was no room. This is unfair for that company. Thus, the company flies to Frankfurt instead. Istanbul would be an eligible destination for them as no matter what they say, Istanbul is becoming the center of the world."
Former German President Christian Wulff addressed Turkey's accession process to the EU and the country's economic structure. "By 2023, Turkey will be a country that has completed the accession negotiations, realized all the necessary deeds and will be a nation with European standards." After expressing his support for Turkey's accession, Wulff said, "Turkey seems more important with regard to countries facing difficulties, such as Crimea, Ukraine, Russia and Syria. Turkey is on the juncture of the West and the East, which is manifested in the efforts by Turkish Airlines. Most of Turkey's population consists of Muslims. The country has a sound democracy. There is confidence in banks, the Turkish currency and state of law. Turkey is attractive. People are now returning to Turkey. As a matter of fact, they do not want to migrate in the first place. They want to come to Turkey in order to be a part of the growth here."
International investment expert, editor and publisher of "The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report" Marc Faber said global production has moved into rising economies since the year 2000 and Turkey is one of them. Faber noted that while the demand for crude oil has decreased in the West, it is increasing in rising economies and added, "Although market performances in stock markets are not very good, I can say that the condition of a typical household in rising economies is better compared to 20 years earlier."
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