Pakistanis who will be traveling to Turkey via Turkish Airlines will be offered complimentary seven days Turkey visa.
According to Gerry’s a single-transit visa will be issued to Pakistani people if they have a valid visa for their final destination and are not banned from entering Turkey.
Turkish Embassy in Islamabad or consulates in the country will be able to provide visa.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Turkish Airlines signed an agreement in January to cooperate and expand their operations in flying each other’s passengers through connecting flights. The deal began operations on February 01.
After signing the expanded codeshare agreement, the CEO of Turkish Airlines said that the expanded codeshare cooperation provide passengers with more feasible connections as well as seamless travel opportunities between and beyond destinations in Turkey and Pakistan.
The statement stated that the Turkish Airlines would market PIA flights from Karachi and Islamabad to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat and from Lahore to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with its own airline code and flight number.
The agreement has also allowed Pakistan’s flag carrier to sell Turkish Airlines’ flights beyond Istanbul points of Atlanta, Johannesburg, Athens, Amsterdam, Tashkent, Moscow, Miami, Boston, Houston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago with its own airline code and flight number.
This is in addition to the already existing cooperation on Istanbul-Karachi/ Islamabad/ Lahore routes, it further stated.
According to PIA CEO Bernd Hildenbrand, the codeshare expansion would add more value to their commercial ties and be equally beneficial for their customers. They will continue to explore more commercial avenues in the future as well.
Turkish Airlines CEO and Deputy Chairman Bilal Eksi added that passengers would be able to travel with easier connections and more flexible alternatives.
He added that the more the frequencies between two countries in the future, the further the cooperation between the two carriers would be expanded so as to enable passengers to travel with even shorter connection times and more comfortable travel opportunities.