Government of Turkey has plans to introduce a direct flight between Hyderabad and its capital Istanbul. Turkey is also planning to double the flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Istanbul.

Announcing this here on Saturday, Ambassador of Turkey to India Dr. Burak Akcapar said they had formally applied with the Indian Government for operation of the new flight.

He was speaking at a meeting organised by the Indo-Turkish Business Association (ITBA).

Turkey also has plans to set up either its Consulate or at least have its honorary Consul in Hyderabad in the coming years, Dr. Akcapar stated.

The Ambassador said the bilateral trade between India and Turkey stood at US $ 7 billion during 2010-11, up from only US $ 4 billion in the previous year, but it was “no where near the potential considering the size of the two economies”. Trade was happening only in small area of products against the expectations of huge potential in automotives, textiles, chemicals, jewellery and electronics, he noted.

The two countries having many cultural and economic similarities had been missing permanent and strategic ties, he felt.

Suggesting that the two countries should push for free trade agreement, he said it would help both. Stating that tourism and economy were the two areas that required attention for strengthening relations, the Turkish Ambassador said there were only 65,000 Indians out of 31 million tourists who visited Turkey in 2011.

Earlier, Fariha Ansari of Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), attached to Turkey's Prime Minister's Office, explained about the status of her country's economy and its prospects through a PowerPoint presentation.

Regional Director of ITBA Murat Kiran and vice president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India Mir Nasir Alik Khan also spoke. Grandson of Nizam, Muffakkham Jah, was also present.

  • Turkey is also planning to double the flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Istanbul

  • Move to set up either its Consulate or its honorary Consul in Hyderabad