President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales visited Istanbul with his wife Patricia de Morales. Mr. Morales who has landed at Istanbul Airport around 12.00 o’clock, welcomed by Civilian Authority of Istanbul Airport Ismail Sanli, Director of Police Department of Istanbul Airport Mr. Deniz and Istanbul Airport Gendarmerie Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ersan Dikili and IGA managers. Jimmy Morales has made reconnoiter at domestic and international terminal buildings and operations center and walked around. Morales has taken detailed information from the airport construction process to flight operations and made statements.
President Jimmy Morales said: “Starting from scratch, in a very short time like 42 months, It is really very impressive that a place that does not give any expectations turns into such an airport like this. These are really incredible figures, flights per day are one thousand 200 in winter and one thousand 800 in the summer. We are very impressed. No need to say, when the whole project is completed, I suppose there will be much more when the 6 runways are in use.”
President Morales, who came to Istanbul for the first time, said that he liked Istanbul very much, and he continued his speech as follows: “I have heard very good things about Istanbul. After I came to see, especially after seeing the airport, I was much more impressed. I have 4 sons. I called my sons and told them, ‘We all have to come to Istanbul together.’ It is a very rich and beautiful city in both historical and cultural terms. I had a meal against the Bosphorus and could not get enough of the view. I watched the sunrise behind the mosques. It was very impressive.” said Mr. Morales.
Jimmy Morales, speaking positively about direct flights between Guatemala and Turkey: “Actually, that’s one of the reasons I came here. Can we do direct flights with our airline companies within our aviation system? Yes, we would love to start these operations.”