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Turkish Airlines “does not approve” of LH move

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Turkish releases statement on codeshare suspension

Turkish Airlines has released a statement about the decision of Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss to suspend their codeshare agreement with TK from March 31 next year.

As reported yesterday, Lufthansa appears to be feeling the heat of competition from Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines’ extensive route network has become successful in attracting Lufthansa customers, particularly those flying long-haul.

From January 2014, LH passengers who book TK flights will earn 75% fewer status miles. There will be no cutback when booking other Star Alliance members.

Turkish Airlines statement reads that the airline “continues to grow with its service quality and extensive flight network”.

“Acting with fair competition conditions in all over the world, Turkish Airlines works to provide the better service to its passengers.

“Turkish Airlines provides its services to also all passengers of Star Alliance’ member airlines, as being a member of it. Code-share flights and Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) applications should be considered in this context.

“We do not approve the unilateral decision of Lufthansa that taken on these two issues and hope to be reconsidered.”

FTN

[pictured: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800; courtesy Turkish Airlines]

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