Turkish Airlines And NürnbergMesse Sign Letter of Intent

Press release no. 07/12

•    Turkish Airlines to become NürnbergMesse’s `Preferred Carrier´ starting in January 2013
•    Airport Nürnberg: Important signal for Germany’s best airport for business travellers

Turkish Airlines, NürnbergMesse and Airport Nürnberg have signed a Letter of Intent in Istanbul as basis for a strategic cooperation. The agreement provides for Turkish Airleines to receive the status as `Preferred Carrier´ of NürnbergMesse starting in 2013. The two principal shareholders of the exhibition company and the airport, the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Nuremberg, both expressly welcome this development. Details of the marketing partnership are to be worked out within the next weeks. The cooperation, which was particularly promoted by Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian State Minister of Finance, Deputy Chairman of the Board of NürnbergMesse and Member of the Board of the airport, was signed on the occasion of the minister’s visit to Turkey. `With this partnership we have succeeded in setting up an ideal cooperation for Nuremberg as a business location. With its successful trade fairs NürnbergMesse offers professional platforms for successful business operations in Nuremberg and throughout the world. Turkish Airlines provides quick and safe connections and Airport Nürnberg offers effective services to business travellers´, the Minister of Finance said. `This commitment will open up many opportunities to all participants´, the managing directors of the airport and the exhibition company stated.

With Turkish Airlines as a ‘Preferred Carrier‘, Turkish Airlines and NürnbergMesse are setting an example in international trade fair operations for the promotion of global economic relations. As one of the world’s 20 biggest exhibition companies, NürnbergMesse and its representations and affiliates are active in 95 countries. The strategic partnership between NürnbergMesse and Turkish Airlines will reinforce the connection between Airport Nürnberg and Istanbul Ataturk International Airport as a hub not only for Turkey and neighbouring Turk States, but also for the Middle East, Northeast Africa and Southeast Asia. Because of its geographical location, Istanbul is a linchpin for worldwide business relations and serves as a hub for almost 200 destinations serviced by Turkish Airlines throughout the world.

Trade fair and congress location Nuremberg optimizes international accessibility
`We want the international trade fairs at exhibition and congress location Nuremberg to continue growing. Nuremberg’s umcomplicated accessibility is an essential success factor in this´, the two Managing Directors of NürnbergMesse, Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, emphasize. For many years Turkish Airlines has been flying trade fair and congress participants from all over the world to Germany. The airline directly services all large trade fair locations in Germany. Nürnberg International Airport is also excellently connected with two daily non-stop flights offered by Turkish Airlines. During the past 10 years the number of visitors and exhibitors at Nuremberg fairs has increased by roughly 60 and 40 percent respectively.

Airport Nürnberg – entrance hall to the metropolitan region
With almost 4 million passengers Airport Nürnberg ranks among the top 10 German commercial airports. On various occasions in the past, business travellers marked the airport for its quality, and the renowned Business Traveller magazine, among others, distinguished it as the best German airport. Managing Director Karl-Heinz Krüger underlines: `We consider our customers‘ praise an incentive to continue developing our high service quality.´ It shows the great significance of the airport for business travellers and, accordingly, for the exhibition location Nuremberg and the metropolitan region surrounding it.

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Flughafen Nürnberg GmbH
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Christian Albrecht
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